Breaking News 2008



16. August 2008

We the Chepkitale Ogiek (Ndorobos) urgently request the Government of Kenya to immediately lift the restrictions it has imposed on aid agencies since July 2008 from accessing Chepkitale. We see this as another armtwisting by the PC and DC to force the Ndorobos out of their traditional homes of Chepkitale.

We call on the Government of Kenya to fully respect humanitarian principles and the impartiality and neutrality of voluntary and non-governmental organizations, allowing them to operate freely and with
unrestricted access to those in need.

We remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Mt Elgon where, despite requests made by the MSF (B) and other humanitarian agencies, operations of voluntary and non-governmental organizations remain restricted.

These groups have a vital role in the delivery of humanitarian aid, including much needed medical assistance.

Due to the inability of these agencies to operate, expectant mothers and Children have died of treatable diseases like malaria, typhoid and pneumonia.

This ban must be lifted immediately so that aid organizations can carry out their relief work and avert a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. It is a known fact that the Government has not been capable of providing health care and food supplies. If it was not for ECHO and MSF the Ogiek could have been wiped out by hunger and disease.

Chepkitale residents were already suffering from food shortages and lack of medical care, a situation made worse by the outlawed Sabaot Land Defense Force and the violence that followed the disputed December elections.

Fred Matei