The Ogiek People

 

OGIEK

(picture copyright © 2004, ECOTERRA Intl. / yoshi shimizu)

 

Kihooko kiunaga uta mugeete - The Truth is Stronger than Weapons !

Muacha mila ni mtumwa - Once you forget your culture you become a slave !

The Ogiek, an indigenous people living mainly in Kenya's Mau and Mt.Elgon Forests, are fighting to remain in their ancestral homeland. The former government tried to force them out of the forests, allegedly to protect the environment. But the Ogiek pose not only no environmental threat, but are actually the guardians of these forests since time immemorial.

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Click here to visit the Ogiek PHOTO GALLERY

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!!! FOREST DESTRUCTION IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW ! !!!

!!! - see it for yourself - !!!

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A historical moment:

Prof. Yash Pal Ghai , Chairman of The Constitution of Kenya Review Commission , received Ogiek elders and their statements concerning constitutional changes . That was the first time that the postcolonial Kenya Government officially recognized the existence of the Ogiek people and granted them to be heared - the most important moment in the last decades on the way of the Ogiek People out of the oppression .

THE CASE FOR THE RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF KENYA’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

THE WORK ON THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION OF KENYA :

SPECIFICALLY REFERS TO THE OGIEK

CONSTITUTION-MEMO BY THE SENGWER OF KENYA

Finally! Unilateral Recognition by Kenya Government:
Ogiek and Sengwer are respected Indigenous Peoples

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COMPARE THE CONSTITUTION DRAFTS

a) THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA 2002  (PDF)

b) DRAFT CONSTITUTION - BOMA'S DRAFT  (PDF)

c) DRAFT CONSTITUTION - KIBAKI / WAKO - DRAFT  (PDF)

 

 

 A MESSAGE TO THE "DEVELOPERS" IN KENYA AND ELSEWHERE:

"If only someone would once tell these people whom the Almighty has forsaken that everything is so imperfect among them only because they leave nothing pure uncorrupted, nothing sacred untouched by their coarse hands and that nothing strives among them because they do not respect the root of all thriving, divine Nature; that life with them is stale and burdened with cares and and full of cold, silent discord, because they scorn the Genius, which brings power and nobility into human endeavour and serenity into suffering, and love and brotherhood to towns and houses. And that too is why they are so afraid of death and, for the sake of their molluscan existence, bear every indignity, for they know nothing higher than the bungling job that they have made of things."

Friedrich Hoelderin in the year 1797

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The world's most primitive people have few possessions, but they are not poor. Poverty is not a certain small amount of goods, nor is it just a relation between means and ends; above all it is a relation between people. Poverty is a social status. As such it is the invention of civilization.

Marshall Sahlins - Anthropologist
(quoted in "BEYOND CIVILIZATION  - Humanity's Next Great Adventure")

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The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. 

William O. Douglas

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"However much we may detest admitting it, the fact remains that there would be no exploitation if people refused to obey the exploiter. But self comes in and we hug the chains that bind us. This must cease." 

Mohandas Gandhi

UHURU!

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