Stand alongside the Kondh
The pristine Niyamgiri hills in Orissa, India, are the ancestral home of thousands of tribal people.
The Kondh tribe lead a self-sufficient life nurturing the forest-covered region and relying on it for their food, drink and medicines. They also worship the mountain as their god.
Vedanta Resources plc, a British mining company, is about to start building an open-pit mine for bauxite (aluminium ore) in the area. Official reports have suggested the mine will lead to massive deforestation, threaten key water sources and destroy local ecosystems, home to endangered animals such as the tiger, leopard and elephant.
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