Continued Kenya land grabs hurt indigenous Sengwer women & families

Continued Kenya land grabs hurt indigenous Sengwer women & families

WNN Breaking (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: With ongoing struggles indigenous rights in Kenya continue to be compromised as government land grabs deny those in greatest need for cultural identity and dignity, the indigenous Sengwer. Five years following the 2009 shooting of Mrs. Beatrice Chepkorir, a Sengwer indigenous woman who survived after she was sent […]

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Caleb Kemboi for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Elgeiyo Marakwet, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: For decades, the Kenyan government has attempted to evict indigenous people from the forests of Embobut and Cherangany, in the western county of Elgeiyo Marakwet. Past tactics have even included torture and setting fire to homes, those affected say.  “I […]

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Melanie Teff with Mark Yarnell from Refugees International – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/RI) Nairobi, KENYA, EAST AFRICA: In December 2012, the Government of Kenya announced a directive that would force all refugees living in cities to relocate to camps, and shut down all registration and service provision to refugees and asylum-seekers in cities. This effectively […]

Rape – The Hidden Side of the Famine Crisis

Rape – The Hidden Side of the Famine Crisis

Isaiah Esipisu – IPS news – Monday, 10 October, 2011 (originally published 5 Oct) DADAAB, Kenya, Oct 5, 2011 (IPS) – When Aisha Diis* and her five children fled their home in Somalia seeking aid from the famine devastating the region, she could not have known the dangers of the journey, or even fathom that […]

KENYA Sanitation: ‘Flying-Toilets’ insulate women from rape

KENYA Sanitation: ‘Flying-Toilets’ insulate women from rape

Kenya correspondent Tabitha Nderitu – WNN Features Nairobi, Kenya – When darkness descends in the ubiquitous slums and ‘informal settlements’ surrounding Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, women who visit and use communal toilets unwittingly become sitting ducks. The dangers are high, for women living in the slums, that they may become targets of youth gangs and individual […]