Kenya: Minority within the minority - The Ogiek in Narok. Photo story.

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Mau Forest in Narok County, Kenya inhabited mostly by the Ogiek people. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. These photos share the moments of a public meeting between the journalists and the representatives of the Ogiek community. The Ogiek report us about their eviction and how they are pushed off their land they have been using for hundreds of years. This an issue on which MRG together with a local organization, Ogiek Peoples Development Programme, has filed a case to the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in 2013. See more about the Minority Realities in the News programme here.

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The Ogiek have a population of about 35,000 people in the Mau Forest Complex in the Great Rift Valley Province.
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They are a hunter gatherer group who depend on the forest for food, medicine, shelter and preservation of their culture.
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They have occupied the Mau Forest Complex for at least 150 years.
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In July 2008, the Kenyan Government launched an aggressive campaign to evict people living in the Mau Forest Complex that it deemed to be living there “illegally”, including the Ogiek, ostensibly in order to protect Kenya’s forests.
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The plight of the Ogiek community highlights the impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health.
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During evictions, police have burned homes and food stores – exposing the Ogiek to hunger and homelessness – and assaulted Ogiek individuals.
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Ogiek communities have been pushed into deep poverty. They are cut off from the forest, where the Ogiek traditionally hunt and gather their food, and they are discriminated against in government employment.
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Ogiek women and girls living in informal settlements are at risk of violence due to insecurity from overcrowding, exposure to roads and neighbouring communities, and a lack of toilet and bathing facilities.
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Ogiek with disabilities or major illnesses are particularly vulnerable.
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The government of Kenya should cease evicting Ogiek and provide them with secure ownership of their traditional land.
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Date: 03/11/2015

Countries:

Kenya

Categories:

Humanitarian/Development
Culture and Tradition
Violence/Conflict
Indigenous Peoples
Advocacy
Land Rights

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