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Kenya’s forest communities face eviction from ancestral lands – even during pandemic

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Nairobi, KenyaThomson Reuters Foundation Forest-dwelling communities in Kenya are being forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands, as temperatures plummet and coronavirus cases soar, land rights campaigners said on Thursday. The Community Land Action Now, a network of more than 130 Indigenous community groups, said the evictions by the Kenya Forest Service had left hundreds of […]

Hope “shattered” for Kenya’s forest people three years after landmark ruling

Nairobi, KenyaThomson Reuters Foundation Kenya’s Indigenous Ogiek people are being harassed and threatened with eviction from the country’s largest forest, despite a landmark court ruling three years ago recognising their right over their ancestral land, activists said. The African Court on Human and People’s Rights – Africa’s highest human rights body – ruled on 26th May, 2017, […]

Clergy divided as Kenya moves to save forest, evict 40,000 settlers

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Nairobi, KenyaRNS When forest rangers arrived at Mau Forest Complex in June to evict thousands of illegal settlers, frightened villagers started moving out. Villagers sought refuge at churches, schools and trading centres as smoke billowed from their homes, which were razed in the exercise. Churches, schools and crops have been burned in a clearing process […]