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Kenya/Ethiopia: Escalation of border conflict between ethnic communities 

This report highlights the most recent conflicts between the Dassenetch community of Southwest Ethiopia and the Kenya security forces at Todonyang along the Kenya – Ethiopia common border on 15th April, 2012.The Dassenetch community, who are agro –pastoralists living along the banks of River Omo extending to where the River ends in the Lake at the Kenya – Ethiopia border. The Turkana neighboring community...

Kenya: What the Constitutional Court’s ruling on boundaries and electoral areas means for minority communities  

On 9 July 2012, a panel of five judges made their ruling on several petitions filed by dissatisfied community members against how the Indepenedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya had gone about fixing new boundaries and electoral areas. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer caught up with Molu Korepu Tepo, a consultant with MRG under the Good Governance Project and asked him what...

Event: Brussels screening of new MRG film on discrimination in Africa and the Caribbean 

You are invited to a film screening and expert Q&A on discrimination in Africa and the Caribbean. Filmed in four countries, Say My Name tells the stories of people on the outside of society facing extreme discrimination. Viewed as less than human or ‘too dark’,  Valentina, Phineas and thousands of others are prevented from studying, working or getting healthcare. Desperate for change they become...

Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Kenya: minority and indigenous women face multiple discrimination 

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more widely.Minority Rights Group's report Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya, examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing...

Le invitamos a la presentación de una película sobre discriminación en África y el Caribe 

INVITACION Le invitamos a la presentación de la película sobre discriminación en África y el Caribe, seguida de una ronda de preguntas con representantes de la comunidad domínico-haitiana y la productora de la película. Filmada en cuatro países, ‘Di Mi Nombre’ cuenta la historia de personas que estan al margen de la sociedad y que afrontan cada día varias manifestaciones de discriminación. A Valentina,...

Kenya: MRG Street Theatre Programme spreads messages of peace 

MRG's international Street Theatre Programme uses the power of theatrical performance to challenge racism against indigenous and minority groups. In Kenya, MRG has partnered with Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE), a local charity that uses street theatre and community programmes to educate, inspire and deliver social change. Gina Rico, MRG Street Theatre Programme Assistant, recently travelled to Kenya to support the project there. Her photos (below)...

MRG Documentary Film: Say My Name - using street theatre to combat discrimination in Rwanda, Botswana, Dominican Republic and Kenya 

In many countries minority groups face discrimination, and negative stereotypes divide national and local communities.Say My Name documents the work of MRG's Street Theatre programme in addressing these issues, following professional and minority actors as they work together to combat discrimination and racism in four countries. In Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana and the Dominican Republic, we see how street theatre is used to educate and inspire communities with performances in...

Kenya: Songs, drama, artifact exhibition colour Ogiek community cultural day  

The Ogiek community in Kenya marked their cultural day, which has become an annual fixture, in celebratory pomp with 14 cultural groups performing songs, drama and exhibiting rare traditional artifacts. The day, held towards the end of December at Nessuit Primary School in Nakuru County, saw Kipkurere youth group emerge the best, with Soget Ogiek Dancers and Kaplelach Women Group, the runners up....

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

Kenya: Street theatre group release film promoting peace ahead of elections 

Kenyan orghanisation Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE) have produced a film of their recent street theatre production Ni Si Si (It Is Us), which promotes peace and unity. The film will be aired on TV and released in cinemas in Kenya in the run up to presidential elections on March 4th. Watch the trailer below.MRG's Street Theatre Programme supported SAFE in developing and touring Ni Si...

MRG film to be screened at Barcelona exhibition 

Minority Rights Group’s documentary film Say My Name will be screened as part an exhibition Windows of the World at the CaixaForum in Barcelona during the next few months. The film was produced as part of MRG’s Street Theatre Project, which took place during the last three years (2010-2012). From 14th April to 19th May 2013 visitors can watch the part of the film...

Somalia, Kenya, USA: In Nairobi Neighborhood, Somali Refugees Dream of a New Life in Seattle 

Check out this compelling blogpost from a Somali diaspora member. Originally posted on the website of MRG partner organisation IIDA (Women Development Organization). MRG and IIDA are working in Somalia with minority communities to contribute to improved gender equality, reduce violence against women and increase their access to justice.A few months ago, I was riding in a cab from Seattle’s First Avenue to...

Kenya: Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek  

SHALIN Finland proudly presents 'Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek'The Ogiek people live on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Kenya. This documentary shows the Ogiek's relationship to their homeland and to the world.An indigenous people without official minority status in Kenya, the Ogiek have gone through evictions from their native land for decades.Time after another they have returned...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law visits Endorois community in the Rift Valley 

Lucy Claridge, Head of Law at MRG (pictured here visiting a community honey cooperative), travelled to Kenya in June 2013 to meet with the Endorois community at Lake Bogoria in Rift Valley province.Click on the photos below to see a gallery showing Lucy's visit to the cultural centre where she was able to view a new 3D map identifying and displaying Endorois traditional land.   ...

Kenya: Fishermen abducted by Ethiopian militia  

The most recent conflict incident between the Turkana and the Dassenetch of Kenya in Ileret was on 30th July, 2013 when the Dassenetch identified one of his stolen nets in the Turkana boat. A heated quarrel ensued leading to the capture of the Turkana before the intervention was done by the Ileret security personnel and the people from Turkana.However, this as a grudge seemed...

Kenya: Obstetric fistula – a preventable but deadly condition for mothers in sub-Saharan Africa 

Girls who marry young or suffer genital mutilation are at highest risk from obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged or obstructed pregnancy. The condition is easy to treat – the difficulty is getting women the medical care they need. Obstetric fistula generally occurs as a complication of pregnancy during which labour becomes obstructed – it is often a result of...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...

Kenya: Forceful evictions of Maasai from Narasha a recipe for ethnic clashes 

Kenya was at it a month ago when a three-decade land ownership dispute, pitting the Maasai and Kikuyu in Naivasha took an ugly turn. Reminiscent of the post elections violence of 2008, over 200 youths believed to be members of the proscribed sect Mungiki, under the escort of heavily armed police men, descended on the Maasai community in Narasha with all manner...

Kenya: The impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health 

Case study by Chelsea PurvisThe plight of the Ogiek community highlights the impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health. The Ogiek are an indigenous group of about 20,000 people in Kenya.The Kenyan government has repeatedly and forcibly evicted the Ogiek from their ancestral land in the Mau Forest and around Mount Elgon. This has left entire communities of Ogiek homeless or without proper...


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