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The Sengwer people in Kenya are being violently evicted by the Kenyan government. Tell the President of Kenya to let the Sengwer people live on their land in peace.

The Sengwer people in Kenya have a deep spiritual bond with the beautiful Embobut Forest. It’s their ancestral land where they have lived for centuries. But this Indigenous community of beekeepers and cattle herders is being violently evicted by the Kenyan government.

In the name of “conservation”, forest guards and police have burned an estimated 2,600 houses since 2012, making some 4,600 people homeless. In January 2018, one man was shot dead and another seriously injured. The violence is in direct violation of court orders issued to protect this Indigenous community.

Sengwer people are losing their homes, livelihoods and cultural identity. Some are now living outside the forest and have been left in crushing poverty. Women are often hit hardest, struggling on their own to care for families as some men have stayed in the forest or have abandoned their families.

These Indigenous people should be recognised as the owners and natural custodians of the Embobut Forest, as their livelihoods, identity and spirituality rely on it. Let’s stand with them today.

Tell the President of Kenya to remove all restrictions so the Sengwer people can live freely and peacefully on their ancestral land.

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  Our Petition

 

President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta

Dear President,

I urge you to remove all restrictions so the Sengwer people can live freely and peacefully on their ancestral land in Embobut Forest. In particular, I urge you to stop the house burnings, arrests and forced evictions.

I also urge you to engage with them and obtain their consent for a new approach to conservation, which recognises their role as owners and custodians of the forest and your partners in protecting the environment.

Yours Sincerely,

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