Sierra Leone: 2 Socfin employees shot during land protest

Author: Umaru Fofana, Reuters, Published on: 21 January 2015

'Belgian, Zimbabwean shot in land protest in Sierra Leone', 17 Jan 2015: A Belgian and a Zimbabwean working for…Socfin…have been shot during a protest over land rights…The…company…is embroiled in a bitter feud with local landowners in the Malen chiefdom where it has…palm oil plantations. Socfin said the two [men’s]…lives were not at risk... Residents say the $5 per acre they receive for their land per year is not sufficient and argue they did not understand the lease agreement, or were coerced into signing. The company said it fully consulted with landowners over the deal and had their support.

 

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