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gods never helped us again . . ." Tonga people describe resettlement
and its aftermath
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In the late 1950s, the
Tonga people of Zambia and Zimbabwe were subject to forced removal
on a massive scale, to make way for the construction of a huge hydro-electric
dam across the Zambezi River in Southern Africa. The Kariba Dam
was the largest man-made dam in the world at that time. It was a
powerful symbol for technological achievement and international
cooperation. However, little attention was paid to the implications
for the 57,000 Tonga who had to leave behind their homes and fertile
land along the banks of the Zambezi, according to this Panos report.
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