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Kenya’s Ogiek Fight to Halt Evictions from Mau Forest

HeadlineFeb 23, 2024

In Kenya, the Ogiek Indigenous people are fighting their ongoing eviction from their ancestral Mau Forest. Kenyan human rights advocates have taken legal action to block further evictions and accuse Kenyan authorities of serious violations. In at least the past decade, over 100,000 people have been evicted; many have scattered across the forest area and are living in makeshift structures made of nylon bags as the government refuses to provide alternative housing. Ogiek community members have also recently led protests in Nairobi as they petition for their right to inhabit the forest.

Fred Nasisina: “Maybe many of the community people might even die, because they depend with this food. They don’t have any alternative. Also, they are people, forest dwellers. They don’t know to stay at town, at marketplaces. That’s why you are finding those elderly people are staying inside the forest, and they are saying, 'Unless they come and kill us inside here, we won't go out, because this is our land.’”

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