Singer Anohni to walk 110 miles across desert to protest uranium mining

Originally published by Cracked Magazine on 01/06/16.


The avant garde vocalist will trek across Western Australia in solidarity with the Martu of Parnngurr, an indigenous Australian community

In an Instagram post shared this morning Anohni has announced plans to navigate 110 miles of Western Australian desert over eight days in support of the Martu of Parnngurr, an indigenous Australian community whose lands are under threat from plans to build a uranium mine within 50 miles of their homes. Car conglomerate Mitsubishi and the world’s largest publicly traded uranium company, Cameco, are behind the government-approved plans.

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In the post, Anohni explains, “In 2 days time, I am joining my Martu friends Nola and Curtis Taylor, over 100 other people from Parnngurr and neighboring communities, and other supporters from around the country on an 8 day, 180 Km protest walk from their remote community to the site of Mitsubishi and Cameco’s proposed open cart uranium mine in the Western Australian Desert. The proposed Kintyre mine is on their traditional lands and a threat to their well-being, as well as being gouged out of Karlamilyi National Park.”

Anohni has shown her support for the community previously by staying with the Martu of Parnngurr for ten days in 2013, and since then she has donated concert proceeds, made TV appearances discussing the plight of the Martu, and sung at awareness-raising events.

 

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