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Kenya: Photo story from the Endorois homelands 

As part of Minority Rights Group International’s Trouble in Paradise Campaign, MRG staff members Emma Eastwood and Neil Clarke traveled to Kenya in October, 2008 on a fact finding mission examining the effects of tourism on indigenous communities. Information collected on this trip went on to inform MRG’s efforts to encourage a symbiotic balance between eco-tourism and the preservation of minority peoples...

Photo Story from Kenya and Uganda 

In September 2009, MRG Conflict Prevention Head Chris Chapman traveled to Kampala, Uganda, and Nakuru, Kenya to meet with CSO representatives working on issues of conflict in the regions. These projects are in collaboration with CECORE and Endorois Welfare Council (EWC), holding training workshops on peace building and conflict resolution. Between these training sessions, Mr. Chapman traveled to the Endorois and...

Meet the Activists: Esther Somoire 

MRG’s Web and Production Editor, Kristen Harrison, met Esther Somoire at the Minority Voices Training in Botswana. Esther is the founder of Centre for Indigenous Women and Children (CIWOCH), a community-based organisation working primarily with the Maasai communities of Southern Kenya. The Maasai are a pastoralist people with a strong and vibrant culture. As nomadic people, most Maasai move from place to...

Cynthia Morel discusses a landmark ruling on indigenous land rights 

In the early 1970s, the Endorois community was forcibly displaced, without adequate consultation or compensation, for the creation of a wildlife reserve. In a landmark decision released in February 2010, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) delivered its first ruling recognising an indigenous community's rights to its ancestral land and natural resources. It is also the first case globally to adjudicate...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist advocates for participation in EU development projects 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. Esther gives various reasons why the participation of community-based organisations (CBOs) in EU project...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist compares financing procedures of USAID and EC funds 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. In this excerpt, she compares the financing procedures of the USAID and the EC funds.ContactFor...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist says access is limited to EC delegations in Kenya 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. In this excerpt, she brings up an example from Kenya about the mismanagement of an...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activits and EC representative discuss EC 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to...

Deforestation, corruption and evictions: the Ogiek of the Mau Forest, Kenya 

The Ogiek indigenous community is a hunter gatherer group who depend on the forest for food, medicine, shelter and preservation of their culture. They are foresters and conservators of nature, and so live in places where trees, birds and wild animals provide them with psychological comfort. The Ogiek have a population of about 20,000 people throughout...

Kenya: Endorois Traditional Song 

The Endorois are a semi-nomadic indigenous community of approximately 60,000 people, who for centuries have earned their livelihoods from herding cattle and goats in the Lake Bogoria area of Kenya’s Rift Valley.Endorois land was originally appropriated by the Kenyan government in the 1970s to create the Lake Bogoria National Reserve.When tourists flock to the Reserve they have little idea of the high cost the...

MRG Podcast: October 2010 

MRG is pleased to present our first podcast, which features interviews and music recorded by staff members as they go about their work in support of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world. October’s podcast includes:French linguist Jean-Michel Filippi speaking about why the S'aoch people of Cambodia are losing their language and culture.An interview in Spanish with Oswaldo Bilbao of the Peruvian organisation, Ethnic...

Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on right to education of Maasai girls in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network speak about the difficulties girls in the Maasai community face. Ann explains that Maasai women are discriminated from outside of their communities and from within their communities. In this clip the two Maasai activists describe the lifestyle of young Maasai girls...

Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on oppression of Maasai women in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network discuss in detail the manner in which women in the indigenous Masaai community are oppressed. They describe cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and polygamy which severely affect women in the Masaai community.Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu,...

Interviews with Activists: Yaseen Ibrahim and Jamia Abdur-Raheem on Nubians in Kenya 

Yaseen Ibrahim and Jamia Abdur-Raheem are activists belonging to the Kenyan Nubian Community. The Nubian’s trace their origins to Egyptian civilisation in the pre-Christian era. Nariobi’s small Nubian community however have now been confined to the city’s slum areas. Here the Nubian activists explain their origins in Kenya and identify two of the major problems the community faces – land ownership and recognition of...

Interviews with Activists: Paul Oleyo Longony on the implications of Sudan's referendum for minorities 

Sudan will face a historic referendum on 9 January 2011 to determine if the south of the country will be separated from the north. Paul Oleyo Longony, Executive Director of Boma Development Initiative is based in Jonglei state in southern Sudan where there are several minority communities. Here Paul given up date on the latest situation in southern Sudan. He also explains the concerns...

Interviews with Activists: Rorian Cherono on the Ogiek of Kenya 

Rorian Cherono is the first woman from the Ogiek community to graduate from university. The Ogiek are a hunter gatherer community living mostly around the Mao forest in Kenya. Here Cherono discusses the obstacles children from the Ogiek community have in accessing education. In the concluding part of this clip, Cherono speaks of how she was motivated to continue her education and what having...

Kenya: A visit to Maasai Mara 

Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu, MRG's Africa Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

MRG Podcast: December 2010 

Welcome to the December 2010 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear from a member of the Nubian community, a minority who live in one of Africa's largest slums in Nairobi; we then move east to China to learn more about the Uighur minority from a representative of the World Uighur Congress, and finally, MRG's music choice this month comes from...

Kenya: Endorois activist says women's rights need to be fulfilled 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Endorois Welfare Council leader Wilson Kipkazi is sharing thoughts about the backward situation of women in his community. Endorois women face problems such as the female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriage, domestic violence or rape. Kipkazi is saying empowerment of women is more important than ever to improve...

Human Rights Day Celebration in Ndugulu, Kenya 

Last December, members of Kenya's Ogiek community gathered in the village of Ndugulu to celebrate and commemorate Human Rights Day.  Human Rights Day falls on 10 December and marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Thousands of Ogiek attended the event, which included speeches and the distribution of Ogiek-language literatrure about the Universal...


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