The Ogiek: The Ongoing Destruction of a Minority Tribe in Kenya
An in-depth report by John Kamau, Rights Features Service

Table of Contents

Ever heard of the Ogiek of Kenya? Some people may say no, others yes, but the majority of Kenyans hardly knows them as a tribe. They have contemptuously been referred to as "Dorobo" a very confusing term that has led to the loss of Ogiek identity. And this is not just a search and recognition of an identity, but indicates the consequences of the failure to identify the Ogiek as a tribe as such both by the colonial administration and the independent Kenya government.

The onslaught on the fertile, hard-wood rich Mau Forest of central Rift Valley marks the final onslaught on this people whose only crime is to inhabit a forest habitat which they deem as their own. This book has looked at the whole saga and concludes that the Kenya government is guilty by errors of omission and commission of subjugating the Ogiek as a people.

We do hope that this work will form the basis of debate on the future of Ogiek before their homeland is completely destroyed. We propose that an Ogiek land Act bill be enacted immediately to protect the Ogieks as the true inhabitants and owners of Mau Forest.



Ch. 1: Ogiek: History of a Forgotten Tribe
Ch. 2:
The Struggle Begins, The Struggle Continues
Ch. 3:
The Closed Society
Ch. 4:
Wanton Destruction
Ch. 5:
Promises and More Promises
Ch. 6:
Threats and Lies
Ch. 7
: The Court Battle
Ch. 8:
The Aftermath

Pt. 1:
The Ogiek Community Submission before the Njonjo Land Commission, 2000
Pt. 2: Epilogue
Pt. 3: Conclusions
Pt. 4: Recommendations

Annex 1: Declarations on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
Annex 2
: The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights
Annex 3:
Legal Instruments that Govern Land in Kenya

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