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In pictures: Jungle tribe fighting change

Dongria tribal woman

This woman is from the Dongria Kondh tribe in the hills of the eastern Indian state of Orissa. There are estimated to be fewer than 8,000 Dongria alive today. (Photos: Moska Najib, BBC)

Dhongria Kondh girl

Women and girls use heavy ornamentation, including wearing silver earrings along the entire rim of the ear.

Cooking pots

Many live in areas totally cut off from the modern world, with no roads or electricity.

Witchdoctor's mudcaked feet

Here a witchdoctor dances barefoot in the mud during a ritual sacrifice of chickens.

Vedanta factory

The British mining company Vedanta has invested $1bn in a project to mine bauxite and other minerals in the region. The company says it will bring great benefits to the local people.

Dhongra activist Jitu

Dhongra activists like this man, Jitu Jateskia, say the Vedanta factory threatens the jungle, which is their life.

Village children

The Dhongria live off the land. Very few of them have any formal education as they have no schools.

Mother and child

India's Supreme Court is set to decide if Vedanta can go ahead with the bauxite mining.




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