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Help the Ogiek to regain their ancestral lands at Chepkitale, Mount Elgon in Kenya - Request for Donations

The Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, are on the verge of reaching a legal agreement that will have their ancestral lands returned to them. However, they urgently need financial help (around £5,000) in order to make these last steps possible. This is an extraordinary opportunity for them to regain their land and continue their sustainable livelihoods, an extraordinary opportunity for them to gain legal recognition so that they are no longer threatened with eviction.

Aidez les Ogiek à retrouver leurs terres ancestrales à Chepkitale, au Mont Elgon au Kenya – Demande de donations

Les Ogiek du Mont Elgon, au Kenya, sont sur le point d’arriver à un accord juridique qui permettra que leurs terres ancestrales leur soient restituées. Néanmoins, ils ont besoin de toute urgence d'une aide financière (environ 5000 £) afin de rendre ces dernières étapes possibles. Il s’agit pour eux d'une occasion extraordinaire de reprendre possession de leur terre et de conserver leurs moyens de subsistance durables, d’une occasion extraordinaire d’obtenir une reconnaissance juridique afin qu’ils ne soient plus menacés d’expulsion.

Ajude os Ogiek a retomarem suas terras ancestrais em Chepkitale, no Monte Elgon no Quênia – Pedido de Doações

Os Ogiek do Monte Elgon, Quênia, estão prestes a alcançar um acordo jurídico que lhes devolverá as terras dos seus ancestrais. Contudo, necessitam urgentemente de ajuda financeira (aproximadamente £5.000) para que possam dar estes últimos passos. Esta é uma oportunidade extraordinária para que eles recuperem suas terras e continuem com os seus meios de vida sustentáveis , uma oportunidade extraordinária para que eles ganhem reconhecimento jurídico e não voltem a ser ameaçados de despejo.

Kenya’s High Hills honey gatherers need urgent help: the Ogiek of Mount Elgon and the Sengwer of the Cherangany hills

On 6 June 2000 the Chepkitale moorlands (the Kenyan side of Mount Elgon) were gazetted: the grazing lands and forests where the Ogiek have lived since time immemorial were turned into a game reserve without consulting the Ogiek. They were then forced to abandon their hills, forest, honey, cattle and transhumance and made to live on tiny 2.5 acre land parcels down in the lowlands. Here, dominant neighbouring peoples were given land around them. Whipped up by politicians in the run up to the 2007 elections, these people formed an armed militia gang, the SLDF (Sabaot Land Defence Force), who raped and murdered the Ogiek until they fled back up into the Chepkitale Highlands.

Les cueilleurs de miel des hautes collines du Kenya ont besoin d’une urgente aide: les Ogiek du Mont Elgon et les Sengwer des Chepkitale

Le 6 juin 2000, les landes Chepkitale (le versant kényan du Mont Elgon) ont fait l’objet de publication dans la gazette officielle: les pâturages et les forêts où vivaient les Ogiek  depuis un temps immémorial sont devenus une réserve sans que les Ogiek aient été consultés. Ils furent ensuite contraints d’abandonner leurs collines, leur forêt, leur miel, leur bétail et la transhumance pour vivre sur de minuscules parcelles de terre de 2,5 acres dans les plaines. Les terres environnantes furent octroyées à des peuples voisins dominants. Galvanisés par des politiciens lors de la période précédant les élections de 2007, certains constituèrent une milice armée, la SLDF (Sabaot Land Defence Force, Force de défense de la terre des Sabaot), qui viola et assassina les Ogiek jusqu’à ce qu’ils fuient à nouveau vers les Chepkitale.

Ogiek Chronology 1991-2001

1991- 94

  • The Ogiek ancestral lands were opened up for settlement besides the opening of closed schools and gazetting of locations and wards.
  • Exodus of the new settlers to the Ogiek ancestral lands.

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