Sacrificing Human Rights for Development

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“Whoever is cutting off the source of water to the lake is being selfish and wants to benefit alone. We [in Turkana] will die of starvation.”             Selina Akiru Pastoralist and firewood seller . The hot sun rises on another long day in scorching Turkana county. Meanwhile the rays graze over the greener, but also marginalized, Marsabit county. These two …

As Ghosts of Cancer sweep Marsabit… – by Laura Maina

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Northern Kenya is known as “The Cradle of Mankind”  due to the famous paleoanthropological site ‘Koobi Fora’[1], which hails one of the oldest human fossils, a 7 million year old from Turgen Hills. The region also unique as home to East Africa’s only true desert; to the world’s largest desert lake, Lake Turkana;  to the elephant with the largest tusks …

The Jade Sea – a Miracle in the Desert – In Danger

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The scorching sun beats down as I trek across the hot, dry sand. Streams of sweat snake down my back and I fan myself to cool my complaining body. Looking around, I see scattered thorn trees and dry grass clumps peppering the landscape. To my left is a manyatta (family compound) with grass huts and to my right are some …

Lake Turkana under threat

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The world’s largest desert lake lies in north-western Kenya. This World Heritage site is a breeding ground for Nile crocodiles, hippos, and various snakes, and part of migratory birds routes. The beautiful “Jade Sea” is 249 km long and has a surface area of 7 million ha. [^1] Sites around the lake have yielded important archaeological, paleontological, and geological finds. …

People in the Margins

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They scream. We hear not. They cry. We listen not. They demand equality. We ignore. People in the Margins deserve as much as those in the centre. They have much to teach as well as learn; their voices must be heard, their stories told. Only then can actors of various backgrounds come together to redraw the lines, create an inclusive …