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Violence escalates against the Sengwer of Embobut Forest, Kenya

Shortly after a visit from an EU delegation last week, Kenya Forest Service (KFS) guards based at Tangul, Kipsitono and Maron KFS camps carried out intensive evictions according to Sengwer witnesses, with KFS allegedly having since burnt down over 90 Sengwer homes and destroyed their property.

Conserving injustice: The unnecessary ongoing eviction and displacement of Sengwer communities in Embobut

The Sengwer community at Embobut has been dispersed, with most still living in their forests and glades high in the Cherangany Hills despite the evictions by the Government’s Kenya Forest Service (KFS). There they hide from the forest guards’ harassment, from having their now makeshift and temporary homes burnt and basic household property destroyed, as well as from being threatened with arrest despite the existence of a High Court injunction forbidding such harassment and evictions.

Maintien des injustices : la poursuite d’expulsions inutiles et du déplacement des communautés sengwer d’Embobut

La communauté sengwer d’Embobut a été dispersée, et une bonne partie vit encore dans ses forêts et clairières sur les hauteurs des montagnes de Cherangany Hills, malgré les expulsions du Service forestier du gouvernement du Kenya (KFS). Ses membres s’y cachent face au harcèlement des gardes forestiers, aux incendies des maisons temporaires qui sont devenues les leurs, et à la destruction des biens essentiels des ménages, ainsi que face à la menace d'arrestations, en dépit de l'existence d'une injonction de la Cour suprême interdisant ce harcèlement et ces expulsions.