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FRIENDS OF SAMBURU (FoS) – Save fellow human beings from genocide

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

Sponsored by:  Mike P. Lalampaa C/O Save Samburu
 
FRIENDS OF SAMBURU (FoS) – Save fellow human beings from genocide

Description:

Friends of Samburu (FoS) is an network of concerned persons interested in the survival and flourishing of the Samburu people and their environment as an integral part of the Kenyan nation and global human family.

Mission:
To support personal efforts of heroic advocates in preserving the Samburu people through appeals for international intervention in their predicament of state condoned systematic impoverishment and killing.  Please visit http://savesamburu.org/blog/

Vision
Our vision is to see the Samburu community become a dignified, integral part of the global human family.

Our Work
FoS is currently studying supplementary sources of livelihood for the Samburu (customarily) pastoralist community, that is now ravaged by drought, famine and cattle raids.

sign petition!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/friends-of-samburu-fos—save-fellow-human-beings-from-genocide
We signed the “FRIENDS OF SAMBURU (FoS) – Save fellow human beings from genocide” petition!
# 139:
11:00 pm PST, Nov 21, Jelle Boef, Netherlands
# 138:
9:43 pm PST, Nov 21, Doris Schaule, Kenya
I condemn this violencein the strongest terms possible!!
# 137:
5:20 am PST, Nov 10, Tina Majale, United Kingdom
I am a proud Kenyan so are the Sumburus. They have as much right as any other of the other tribes in Kenya. I salute you my friends.
# 136:
4:50 am PST, Nov 9, Christopher Bray, New York
# 135:
6:00 pm PST, Nov 4, Carole Hagen, Oregon
# 134:
1:53 pm PST, Nov 4, Claudia Ioannidou, Cyprus
# 133:
10:05 pm PDT, Oct 12, Kenyatta Otieno, Kenya
The beauty of LOROKI hills should be restored by sending the killers down Suguta Valley.
# 132:
4:57 am PDT, Oct 12, Name not displayed, Kenya
# 131:
11:39 pm PDT, Oct 11, Geoffrey Okeng’o, South Africa
Kenya is for all Kenyans, we all have a responsibility to fight for the rights of our fellow brothers including the right to live, to own property and to breath fresh air free of war, discrimination or whatever kind of assault to any of the tribes. I pray that through our voice, our spirit of togetherness and our quest of well being the people of Samburu may live to overcome their present predicament. Let’s rise beyond the obvious! let’s fight for what we believe in!
12:55 pm PDT, Oct 11, Mercy Njeri Njima, Kenya
It has been very difficult for me to believe that this has been going on in Kenya and yet I, like most other Kenyans, have been fooled by news of cattle raids.
# 129:
3:47 pm PDT, Oct 8, Jamie Gove, Massachusetts
Please try to help the Samburu people. I had the good fortune to meet some of them in Kenya in August of 2008, they are brave, loving, and gentle people. I hope the end of the violence is near.
# 128:
3:28 pm PDT, Oct 8, Dianne Houle, Massachusetts
# 127:
3:24 pm PDT, Oct 8, Jason Schneider, Massachusetts
# 126:
3:09 pm PDT, Oct 8, Anne Maddern, Massachusetts
This is of vital importance! Please give this your full attention. The Samburus are in danger of having their culture wiped out in much the way our Native American Indians did, but in this day and age, it should never happen!
# 125:
11:37 am PDT, Oct 8, Jennifer Griffin Bray, Massachusetts
# 124:
10:56 am PDT, Oct 8, Jonathan Bray, Massachusetts
Having the pleasure of being introduced to many of the Samburu in Lerata, it sickens me to know of the horrors that have occurred in the past year to this peaceful tribe. I pray for and end of the violence so all of the Samburu and citizens of Kenya can live in peace.
# 123:
11:10 am PDT, Oct 7, Name not displayed, Maryland
# 122:
10:38 am PDT, Oct 3, Avak Norbert Kirchner, Germany
# 121:
1:57 am PDT, Oct 3, Danilo Ole Legei, Kenya
I feel its my obligation to sign and be part of this petition. Wish all the best
# 120:
3:24 am PDT, Oct 1, Simon SHOMPOLE, Kenya
# 119:
9:15 am PDT, Sep 29, S. Sakaja Ole Murmet
I do support this appeal as a friend and cultural relation of the Samburu people. They deserve to live in dignity and protection of their lives and resources just like any community. Their rights are our rights too and they deserve all the care and support necessary. Sakaja.

# 118:
11:18 pm PDT, Sep 28, Lesas Timothy, Kenya
I HATE THAT BAD AND SAD SCENARIO WHICH HAD JUST HAPPEN TO SAMBURU PEOPLE.
# 117:
7:23 am PDT, Sep 28, Randolph Paisley, Canada
I am calling upon the Government of Canada through Ministers Lawrence Cannon and Beverly Oda through whose departments have passed a recent $4,500,000.00 grant to the Food Grains Bank for programming in Kenya and who have paid diplomatic representatives of Canada in Nairobi and are going to be spending over $1,000,000.00 to set up a Kenya Democratic Governance Fund that provides support to civil society organizations and can support human rights and development initiatives. If the Canadian Government can spend these sums in Kenya they can flex some diplomatic muscle and say “No genocide of the Samburu on our watch!” Here is an outake from a letter I received fom Minister Beverly Oda on July 3, 2009 “The Government of Canada, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and CIDA, is in regular contact with Government of Kenya officials. We continue to raise human rights concerns to encourage the Government of Kenya to initiate reforms that will improve their rule of law and accountability, land rights, and overall respect for human rights. Sincerely, Hon. Beverley J. Oda” My response to the Government of Canada through this petition and my other entreaties to them is “just do what you said you are supposed to be doing in a case like this.”
# 116:
9:36 pm PDT, Sep 27, Alex Hansen, Canada
No one has the right to try to extinguish a people. Thirty-five years ago I had the opportunity to experience the Samburu way of life, however briefly, and I’ll never forget their dignity, their perseverance in adversity and their incredible positive perspective on life. I’m afraid that with the recent developments and lack of international acknowledgement of their situation, the Samburu will continue to be threatened by their own government as well as Somali raiders.
# 115:
5:35 pm PDT, Sep 27, Carol McLennan, Canada
I am concerned that the Samburu be protected from the myriad pressures, natural and human, that are threatening the way of life of this dignified people.
I do support this appeal as a friend and cultural relation of the Samburu people. They deserve to live in dignity and protection of their lives and resources just like any community. Their rights are our rights too and they deserve all the care and support necessary. Sakaja.

# 118:
11:18 pm PDT, Sep 28, Lesas Timothy, Kenya
I HATE THAT BAD AND SAD SCENARIO WHICH HAD JUST HAPPEN TO SAMBURU PEOPLE.
# 117:
7:23 am PDT, Sep 28, Randolph Paisley, Canada
I am calling upon the Government of Canada through Ministers Lawrence Cannon and Beverly Oda through whose departments have passed a recent $4,500,000.00 grant to the Food Grains Bank for programming in Kenya and who have paid diplomatic representatives of Canada in Nairobi and are going to be spending over $1,000,000.00 to set up a Kenya Democratic Governance Fund that provides support to civil society organizations and can support human rights and development initiatives. If the Canadian Government can spend these sums in Kenya they can flex some diplomatic muscle and say “No genocide of the Samburu on our watch!” Here is an outake from a letter I received fom Minister Beverly Oda on July 3, 2009 “The Government of Canada, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and CIDA, is in regular contact with Government of Kenya officials. We continue to raise human rights concerns to encourage the Government of Kenya to initiate reforms that will improve their rule of law and accountability, land rights, and overall respect for human rights. Sincerely, Hon. Beverley J. Oda” My response to the Government of Canada through this petition and my other entreaties to them is “just do what you said you are supposed to be doing in a case like this.”
# 116:
9:36 pm PDT, Sep 27, Alex Hansen, Canada
No one has the right to try to extinguish a people. Thirty-five years ago I had the opportunity to experience the Samburu way of life, however briefly, and I’ll never forget their dignity, their perseverance in adversity and their incredible positive perspective on life. I’m afraid that with the recent developments and lack of international acknowledgement of their situation, the Samburu will continue to be threatened by their own government as well as Somali raiders.
# 115:
5:35 pm PDT, Sep 27, Carol McLennan, Canada
I am concerned that the Samburu be protected from the myriad pressures, natural and human, that are threatening the way of life of this dignified people.
# 106:
6:08 am PDT, Sep 23, Name not displayed, Kenya
# 105:
5:34 am PDT, Sep 23, Nancy Lenairoshi, Kenya
It’s about time we as Samburus stood up and let the Government know that we are also human beings and much so Kenyans who should be treated equally as other Kenyans. We need to speak out so that we can be heard and let the other Kenyans know what is happening to us. I lost my sister in-law to the raiders some time back and my brother has a permanent scar on his chin which is a constant reminder. How many more are we going to loose before the government takes action to protect us?
# 104:
4:41 am PDT, Sep 23, Kenneth Saruni, Kenya
The Kenyan Government must be held accountable for neglecting the Samburu community. The Government had prior information on a pending attack but handle the information in a typical government way…. put the file in the ‘’drawer ‘‘ for later ‘’reference’’. This is what happens when one community is disarmed while the other is not. Let them disarm both communities and tighten border security to protect its citizens.
# 103:
4:36 am PDT, Sep 23, Sylvia Pertet, Kenya
i support the petition
# 102:
4:07 am PDT, Sep 23, Name not displayed, Kenya
# 101:
12:46 am PDT, Sep 23, Mosiany Letura, Kenya
We pray that the Government (to which some Sampuru leaders are part of) wakes up to protect not only the maa people but all Kenyans.
# 100:
Sep 23, 2009, Teeti Koin, Kenya
This effing Govt needs to stop playing russian roulette and favourites!!We need them to sort this out afterall it is our BASIC RIGHT!!


# 99:
Sep 23, 2009, Paul Lmelita Matano, Kenya
Something concrete needs to be done to end this attrocities.


# 98:
Sep 23, 2009, Sankale Shompole, Washington
Where are the leaders we elected to represent our brothers, the Samburu? At the current killing rate by famine and other unnecessary man-made catastrophes, they will comeback to seek for votes in 2012 and find no-one to elect them. Stand-up to be counted!


# 97:
Sep 23, 2009, Anonymous, Kenya


# 96:
Sep 23, 2009, Gladys Sadera, Kenya


# 95:
Sep 23, 2009, Anonymous, Kenya
Samburu too are Kenyans,let this never happen again.


# 94:
Sep 22, 2009, Alice Lenanyokie, Minnesota


# 93:
Sep 22, 2009, Anonymous, North Carolina
The Maasais are among the most affected communities by the severe drought created by unpatriotic national leadership. Samburu dire situation should have been the top agenda in the Kenya government that enjoyed wealth from tourism over the years. Samburus are our Maasai brothers, uncles and sisters. May God save and bless them.


# 91:
Sep 22, 2009, John Lekuton, Washington D.C.

# 90:
Sep 22, 2009, Manpreet Singh, United Kingdom
Gross human rights violation against rich SAMBURU Culture….


# 89:
Sep 22, 2009, Natalia Miti, United Kingdom


# 88:
Sep 22, 2009, Leparteleg Leader, Kenya
Its sad that all this is happening in a government controlled country. where same people pay taxes for the running of the state and for their security issues to be catered for. Am sad personally when the thought of a place called sweet home come to my mind. Its four years now people have vacuated their homes specifically in the so called highland of samburu (lolmolog). so many of my youth age lost their lives, everytime I visit the remnants of my village and ask for so and so am sadden to hear that he has been lost. The area which was alleviating to growth and development has been reduced back to square 1.People lost, Livestock lost, farms remain untilled, Modern houses build deserted. people have been thrown into the past way of life and live in a slum like sections in away (lororani) in order to be able to defend themselves and rate of vices increasing at a very high rate. ……now take assignment and see what is happening to all borders of samburu……. Leaders are there and aware but their voices are too low to be heard, because they don’t have interest at heart and the government is for the few. By signing this petition I hope have taken a step towards realising we(samburu’s) have right to live and prosper like rest of the human beings in the whole world and be part of intergral global society. “we will either find a way,or make one” God bless, The Losho lai of samburu. Thank You.


# 87:
Sep 22, 2009, Nancy Narasha, Kenya
N.N.M


# 86:
Sep 22, 2009, Jemima siamanta Lemomo, Tanzania, United Republic Of
it is a high tyme we know our rights


# 85:
Sep 22, 2009, Anonymous, Kenya


# 84:
Sep 22, 2009, Seleina Kurraru, Kenya


# 83:
Sep 22, 2009, Harrison Ntokote, Kenya# 82:
Sep 22, 2009, Richard Lepulelei, United Kingdom
This is really bad i’m part and parcel of samburu community and what is going on there isnt good,the government should do something about or else otherwise.# 81:
Sep 22, 2009, Nelly Kirorei Lemantile, Kenya


# 80:
Sep 22, 2009, Nicodemus Wuantai NAIMADU, Texas
Yes, am here to agree Samburu community should become a dignified, integral part of the global human family.


# 79:
Sep 22, 2009, Tuyaa Kasuka, Kenya
God save your people from this merciless fellows


# 78:
Sep 22, 2009, Reuben Lemadada, Kenya


# 77:
Sep 22, 2009, Antony Kasanka, United Kingdom
# 76:
Sep 22, 2009, Linda Harsch, Luxembourg
# 75:
Sep 22, 2009, Wilson Leripe, United Kingdom


# 74:
Sep 22, 2009, Stephen Leshan, Kenya
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.


# 73:
Sep 21, 2009, Saidimu Ole Ngais, Sweden
We, who feel the the sharp pain
sharp pain in our hearts when innocent children are killed hope every day that some morning sun rises and burn dry the inhumanity as it gives clear sight to the “blind politicians” We are crying but no one is there to hear us. We are all aware that the path forced to take is very hurting but still, we let us be pushed. It’s our “leaders” who are parasites! they are sucking us dry! They feed on our dead ones and the state fails gently! We need community education, awareness, workshops, seminars, unions, pastoral unions, farmers association, strong grass-root movements who can identify the assassins clothed as leaders. We need a better alternative economical/livellyhood. We demand accountability from all leaders. The government must prioritice the most economically marginalized groups. Stop the suffering of Samburu NOW!

# 72:
Sep 21, 2009, Emma Mbae, Kenya


# 71:
Sep 20, 2009, Mike Rainy, Kenya
SAMBURUS ARE KENYANS AND THIER LIVES PROPERTY LIVESTOCK AND LAND SHOULD BE PROTECTED BY THE SECURITY FORCES AND LAWS OF KENYA


# 70:
Sep 20, 2009, Charlotte Lolgeeti, Denmark
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# 69:
Sep 19, 2009, Naini Meriwas, Kenya
Samburu is an indigenous community which is facing extinction from the kenya government, somali, borana and pokot raids. Women and children are suffering, from trauma, vulnerable diseases, food starvation, deaths,Losing livelihoods, cultural Identity and subjected to inhuman treatments. We call upon your help to stand with us at these trying times, to enable the samburu community to seek legal redress and equal justices as any other human being.
# 68:
Sep 19, 2009, Solomon Lempere, Kenya
I am deeply touched by the ongoing inhumane suffering of our people having been a victim of the Loosesia attacks having lost relatives and animals to bloodly OLF/borana raiders. We only have God to turn as nobody is on our side having been left in extreme poverty with our education made vulnerable with no govt to intervene and no where to run to.May God help


# 67:
Sep 19, 2009, Evans Onyiego, Kenya
Samburu too are human. any violation of rights of any person should be taken seriously. The government of Kenya has failed to protect the right to life and property ownership. Let us all stand up against any effort that make us lesser beings.


# 66:
Sep 18, 2009, Anonymous, Austria


# 65:
Sep 18, 2009, Adriane Roberts, California


# 64:
Sep 18, 2009, DANIEL LENTIPO, Kenya
For the last four years Samburu as whole has been facing security challenges in high intensity.we lost many bright brains through this selective genocide on humanity,we have been completely left out in all angles,drought is here,fighting as elapsed to the whole District,the government is not taking any initiative to stop this killings on women and children,men of integrity are dying in cold blood,when i write this message i am just feeling sadness grief on me and i do know which is the turning point, is tomorrow,or it is still miles away,


# 63:
Sep 18, 2009, Anonymous, Kenya


# 62:
Sep 18, 2009, Albert Lemasulani, Kenya
In signing this petition I firmly commit to the fate and survival of the samburu community. I remember with lots of anger and sadness the massacre of 21 samburu people women, men and children by the Pokot raiders in Kanampiu village of PND in Laikipia North on 15th September 2009 at 5.00AM in the morning. I couldn´t hold back my tears when I saw the bodies of innocent men, women and children strewen all over the manyatta when I visited the scene the same day. My heart was down and one thing criss-crossed my mind ARE WE REALLY HUMAN BEINGS WORTH LIFE PROTECTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT. Fellow samburu partriots please rise up and lets join hands before we are finished. I have been a victim of planned and orchestrated attacks by communities neighbouring us who have powerful politicians. Its barely a week ago I lost my brother to Borana raiders from isiolo, Its painful but once again this makes me hard and ready to soldier on to save our people. Thank you all


# 61:
Sep 17, 2009, Karen Popp, California


# 60:
Sep 17, 2009, Brenda Sherburn, California
The Samburu deserve to live in peace with whatever lifestyle they choose and it is hard to believe that Kenya does not protect it’s own people. I wish we could do more to help.


# 59:
Sep 17, 2009, Sinore Tina, Kenya

# 58:
Sep 17, 2009, Christine Cafasso, Washington D.C.


# 57:
Sep 17, 2009, JOB WERU, Kenya
job


# 56:
Sep 17, 2009, Felista Naserian, Kenya


# 55:
Sep 17, 2009, Tikani Ian, Kenya


# 54:
Sep 17, 2009, Kabatha Patrick, Kenya
SAMBURU’S: We all Love you and Almighty God shall take us through. Amen.


# 53:
Sep 17, 2009, Naseyian Kelel, Kenya
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# 52:
Sep 17, 2009, Nkidison Kalesoi, Kenya


# 51:
Sep 17, 2009, John Kisimir, California
Let this sad incident not happen again and again
# 50:
Sep 17, 2009, Olesarioyo Joseph, Kenya


# 49:
Sep 17, 2009, Adam Hussein Adam, Kenya
It is unimaginable that at this day age people in Samburu cannot rely on state security. Fellow pastoralist suffering the hardship of drought should not be allowed continue incursion on fellow human being because of tribal difference. These are shameful acts. All human being irrespective of their possition should condem those attacking Samburu’s and to demand that Kenyan Governement guarantee the security of all within its borders.


# 48:
Sep 16, 2009, Catherine Lesaibile, Kentucky
If we all put our heads together as brothers and sister and believe that we cannot do by ourselves,and ask God to be with us then we can DO IT.


# 47:
Sep 16, 2009, Tingoi Patita, Vermont
How many more of our people have to die before this because an issue? What will it take for our government to react to the cattle rusteling instead of simply arming citizens in the names of KPR’s to protect themselves.


# 46:
Sep 16, 2009, Anonymous, Morocco
I Thanks all those who care about the welfare of this Community at the brink of extinction, affected by famine, frequent droughts, cattle rustling, and goverment marginalisation! thnks


# 45:
Sep 16, 2009, Dominic Leparmarai, Morocco
with Bloodshed and genocide in slow motion in samburu land………..I ask the world to open eyes to see what is happening to samburu people.


# 44:
Sep 16, 2009, Carl Rosenstock, Wisconsin


# 43:
Sep 16, 2009, David Osula Jnr., Kenya
Every individual has a right to exist and co-exist as groups, communities etc within society. This is a noble cause and should be supported by many sober thinkers.


# 42:
Sep 16, 2009, Trent Kamau, Kenya
lets all care for our fellow humans and kenyans at per. God bless us all.
# 41:
Sep 15, 2009, Allyson Dusault Earnest, Montana
If action is taken quickly we can prevent an even more horrific outcome than we are watching presently.


# 40:
Sep 15, 2009, Jodi Cross, Massachusetts


# 39:
Sep 15, 2009, Nixon Ngetich, Kenya
the foundation of a good life is the sense of purpose and secondly the first step towards success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself…..


# 38:
Sep 15, 2009, Mukiria Chacha, Kenya
RESPECT HUMAN LIFE


# 37:
Sep 15, 2009, Anne Njathi, Kenya
Pamoja tuangamize umaskini!


# 36:
Sep 15, 2009, MARTHA SABAI, Kenya


# 35:
Sep 15, 2009, Bobby Lepilale, Kenya
we have been minoritized for a long time…..we need to come together to improve our welfare on both poverty eradication and education standards


# 34:
Sep 15, 2009, Dennis Lashaki Lesorogol, Kenya


# 33:
Sep 14, 2009, Gilbert Kamanda, Minnesota
we need to teel our government because it seems blind that samburus are kenyans too.why marginalize them and we remmember how the british solders raped their women and the case is still in court.come out and give them a new lease of life.


# 31:
Sep 14, 2009, Anonymous, Kenya
All Humans have aright to a good life irrespective of their way of life(pastrolist).


# 30:
Sep 14, 2009, Beatrice Ruto, California
Humans right is just that, “human rights” The Samburu are humans and they should be afforded their rights.


# 29:
Sep 14, 2009, Gonçalves Maria Dulce Vaz, Portugal


# 28:
Sep 14, 2009, KATUNGE KIILU, Kenya


# 27:
Sep 14, 2009, Laura Lalampaa, Kenya


# 26:
Sep 14, 2009, J. Oketch, Kenya


# 25:
Sep 13, 2009, TALLIER MONIQUE, Belgium


# 24:
Sep 13, 2009, Laila Samburu, Kenya
http://lailasamburu.centerblog.net


# 23:
Sep 13, 2009, Jennifer Gardner, Florida


# 22:
Sep 13, 2009, Tatiana Costa, Brazil


# 21:
Sep 13, 2009, Meg Fullam, Georgia
# 20:
Sep 12, 2009, Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, Massachusetts
I’ve been working with Tina Ramme to save the Samburu since early March, when I accidentally read her computer screen in the faculty office at Cambridge College, where we both teach. It started “Kenya Police fire upon Samburu from Helicopter.” She came back in the office soon after. I demanded to know what happened. That night I could think of nothing elseelse as I headed home from teaching. The next morning ways to help kept occurring to me. But they meant that had to commit myself fully. I could not start helping and then step back, saying “this is all too much, I have a busy life myself you know.” The choice was very clear in my mind. I could commit, come what may in my life, or I could keep quiet. As soon as I got to work, I e-mailed Tina: “I have some ideas….” Help save the Samburu, everyone.

# 19:
Sep 12, 2009, Panagiotis Rigopoulos, Greece


# 18:
Sep 12, 2009, David N Moore, Connecticut


# 17:
Sep 12, 2009, Iva Stanojevic, Croatia


# 16:
Sep 12, 2009, Bill C, Germany


# 15:
Sep 12, 2009, Steve Klein, Virginia
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# 14:
Sep 12, 2009, Tina Ramme, Massachusetts
Human Rights are Everyone’s rights. The Samburu deserve to live the lifestyle they choose to live in peace, have equitable compensation for their resources, and have the integrity of their cultural traditions protected, including their right to own cattle. The Samburu have been excellent stewards of their lands and resources and should continue to be involved in their conservation, but be assisted in developing supplemental livelihoods to compliment traditional lifestyles and be given support to adapt to a rapidly changing ecology.


# 13:
Sep 12, 2009, Mike Leriano, Australia
Matonyok, Menya Nkai Naanya Lmangati.


# 12:
Sep 12, 2009, STEFANO FRANZOSO, Italy
we must fight world powerty


# 11:
Sep 12, 2009, Philip Lesilas Leitore, Kenya
Guys, Ngasunoto chaake apeny nagol! Letssave the people coz God, Tina and Mike Lalampaa have given us the opportunity.Lets do it!!!!!

# 10:
Sep 12, 2009, Catherine Gaspard, Belgium


# 9:
Sep 12, 2009, Pam Boland, Georgia


# 8:
Sep 12, 2009, Michael Kimeu, Kenya


# 7:
Sep 11, 2009, Doncy Falvey, Colorado


# 6:
Sep 11, 2009, Nick Greinert, Texas


# 5:
Sep 11, 2009, Ikal Angelei, Kenya
Let us promote supplementary livelihoods, not alternative. We are pastoralists, and drought does not just kill the animals it also kills the plants. Let us promote a supplement to pastoralism not an alternative


# 4:
Sep 11, 2009, Ole Tikani Kanyinke, Kenya
Our people are there to stay!


# 3:
Sep 11, 2009, ESTHER KIMANI, Kenya


# 2:
Sep 11, 2009, Jamaica Lenkiremishoi, Denmark
How long should they killed the innocent,while the whole world is barred away from the truth in the ground.The whole comminity is crininalized becourse of a view criminals..Politics is also play a major role.why,why whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!


Category: Background

Kenyan cattle rustlers kill 32 in gunfight

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

 

Kenyan cattle rustlers kill 32 in gunfight

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A survivor of the attack receives treatment at Maralal hospital in Samburu District. Photo/EVANS ONYIEGO 

By  JAMES KARIUKIPosted Tuesday, September 15 2009 at 22:30

In Summary

  • Well-organised raiders pin down APs with fierce fire as another squad raids village
  • Combined force combs bush for attackers as security bosses fly in

 

The area is also prone to banditry on the roads and prominent personalities, motorists and passengers have become common targets.

Earlier in the year, the then Rift Valley PC Hassan Farah established a permanent security buffer zone separating the Samburu and Pokot, resulting in some truce.

The drought has forced the two communities to head in opposite directions in search of pasture, with the Samburu going to Mount Kenya.

Insecurity has seen the Samburu families residing at PND Farm move towards Rumuruti and have since created a camp where 2,800 people live. Mr Omariba, Samburu West DC Joseph Mathenge and Laikipia West DC Ombaso Sagero visited the scene of the attack.

Also killed were 40 head of cattle, 20 goats and 30 sheep.

Reporters on the ground said they saw bodies strewn everywhere as three district commissioners coordinated a security operation after the attack.

Internal Security assistant minister Orwa Ojodeh, permanent secretary Francis Kimemia, and Laikipia West MP Nderitu Mureithi arrived at the village shortly before 4pm.

The villagers, who were attacked settled in Kanampiu two weeks ago, having moved out of their homes in Loroki and Oldonyiro divisions of Samburu West and Isiolo districts respectively, due to the drought.

Mr Sharrif said a combined team of anti-stock theft unit, regular and administration police was looking for the raiders.

Category: Background

Leaders Claim Killing of Residents an Eviction Plot by Pokot Raiders

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

Leaders Claim Killing of Residents an Eviction Plot by Pokot Raiders

James Munyeki, The Standard (Nairobi)

 18 September 2009

 Samburu leaders have claimed the killing of 35 people on Tuesday was part of a plot to evict residents from a 6,000-acre ranch.

The land was bought in 2000 from the Government and each shareholder was allocated 50 acres, according to Samburu County Council Chairman Julius Leshinkiro. Speaking during the mass burial of the victims, leaders alleged the Pokot were planning to evict them from the land to graze on it. Samburu Anglican Church archbishop Jacob Lesuda said the raiders were not interested in stealing cattle, but wanted to cause deaths.

 ”Anyone claiming to own the land should do so legally. We have legal documents to claim the land ownership,” he noted.

 Leshinkiro said there have been attempts in the past to evict them but they failed. The attempts, he said were through victimisation of Samburu children, cattle rustling and neglect by Government authorities.

 Not Normal

 He asked the Government to investigate the matter and not to assume it is normal cattle rustling which occasionally happens in the area. He argued that no animals were stolen during the incident contrary to media reports that more than 10,000 head of cattle had been stolen.

 ”We want this to be seen as a threat to the development of our community,” he said.

Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa who toured the region accompanied by security officials ordered illegal communities out of the controversial PND land. “Investigations would be conducted to establish the legal owners,” he said.

 He said the Government would put up four police posts on the land adding that they had selected elders from the two warring communities to end the dispute. Other leaders who accompanied him were Laikipia West DC Javern Sagelo, Samburu DC Thomas Macheneri, Laikipia North DC Amos Mariba and their Pokot East counterpart Mutuku Mwanga.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/news/InsidePage.php?id=1144024228&cid=159&

 

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Dozens Killed in Kenyan Clashes

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

Dozens Killed in Kenyan Clashes

Al Jazeera

 16 September 2009

 At least 24 people have been killed and dozens more wounded amid tribal clashes in drought-stricken northern Kenya, local officials have said. Gunbattles between the Samburu and Pokot tribes in Samburu West began early on Tuesday, said Raphael Lentimao, a member of parliament in the Samburu East district. “A good number of those shot dead were women and children,” he told the Associated Press news agency. Lentimao said the clashes began during a raid to steal cattle in the district.

 Severe Drought

 ”People fear for their security because the raiders are known,” he said. killings ”They came to steal the animals and…clashed with the herders who tried to block their mission.” The rival tribes have been fighting for land and water resources, which have been limited by a severe drought in the country`s arid north. The drought has shriveled crops, killed cattle and left millions of Kenyans seeking emergency food aid.

Battles between nomadic tribes are believed to be common in the region but have become increasingly deadly due to the wide availability of modern weapons.

 http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/09/200991683344566715.html

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Pambazuka News, Issue 447: heavily armed Borana and Somali gunmen attack the Samburu tribe near Archers Post

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

Kenya: New Attack against Samburu

 Mike Rainy, Pambazuka News, Issue 447

 11 September 2009

 At 6 am on Saturday, 06 Sept. 2009, it is reported that 300 heavily armed Borana and Somali gunmen attacked the Samburu tribe at Losesia, in Samburu District, near Archer`s Post, approx 38 km from Lerata. In addition to killing 3 herdsmen and injuring 2 others, the militia stole 3765 head of cattle, 2635 goats and sheep, 141 camels, and 19 donkeys, according to Samburu East MP Raphael Letimelo. All livestock were removed in lorries.

It is believed they were assisted by the militia group, Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), according to a statement given by Archer`s Post Councilor Lukinwai, who also stated the Samburu tribesmen were on their own land and the attack was unrelated to water or grazing rights disputes.

 Threats of more severe attacks on the Samburu tribe had been made by Borana and Somali in the Isiolo District for several weeks, with the Samburu people told to “prepare for doom” and warned foreign militia troops from Southern Ethiopia and Somalia had been brought in to help fight and eradicate the Samburu.

Police were called repeatedly to assist and ignored all requests for help, even those made by the District MP and local Councilors. When police failed to assist, distress calls were made to NRT to aid the injured, but they were unable to respond.

These attacks occur during a severe drought which has resulted in widespread famine, which had been complicated by a maize shortage and police attacks on Samburu tribe in February, when over 5000 livestock were removed, villagers beaten and strafed at by police in helicopter, with lorries being used in the operation to move the livestock. At that time, 2 children had been kidnapped and brutally murdered in addition to other murders and human rights violations, such as the use of chemical weaponry on young children. The further loss of livestock is certain to cause profound suffering and further loss of life.

Earlier this month, reports of Samburu people being killed for body organs were reported in the Samburu Highlands, where similar attacks and livestock thefts have occurred on the Samburu, leading some to be concerned about early genocide trends.

http://pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/58630

Comments:

Kareti Loosofii Leruk: Yes!..This really good and I feel that your love and care for my tribe (Samburu) is amazing. Iam a student in a local university but we (me and my colleagues) are so sad because we are watching our people killed and robbed in the daylight while the government is watching..Last Feb we gave a press statement on this but no actions taken..we suspectSee More the government is beyond all this!..If you watched KTN news yesterday, an episode ‘Jicho Pevu’..they were bringing pictures of innocent morans herding but tagging them that they are bloody bandits!..I guess this is a plan of the gov’t to not rescue those stolen cattle. This is stepped up by the fact the episode is brought by one of the journalist of Somali origin ‘Mohammed Ali…please check KTN news today at 7pm &9pm..Thanks so much for highlighting this and GOD BLESS YOU!  September 9
Richard Lolosoli

Richard Lolosoli: Thank you for highlighting this issue!I am a resident of Archers Post and we’ve been left to wonder what this govt is upto! Sometime in April the govt itself conducted the raid and more than 4000 cattle were driven to a place onlyknown to the APS who conducted the most callous and insensitive operation in the name of tackling cattle rustling!In the past 3 months, hardly a month passes without Borana raiding Samburu! It’s a war. September 9
Tom Lolosoli

Tom Lolosoli: A moran was calling me amid the battle field to send him airtme in order to communicate with others to bring backup. We are under siege.
September 9
Richard Lolosoli

Richard Lolosoli: We definately need them.we still have few cattle left! we hope they will not come for them soon again. Thank you for the good work!ashe oleng!
September 9

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Reports of Samburu people being killed for body organs were reported in the Samburu Highlands

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

Earlier this month, reports of Samburu people being killed for body organs were reported in the Samburu Highlands, where similar attacks and livestock thefts have occurred on the Samburu, leading some to be concerned about early genocide trends.

Category: Background

Samburu Leaders Accuses Kenyan Government of Neglect

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

Samburu East MP Raphael Letimalo and other  Samburu leaders speak out against the continued crimes against the Samburu people and are accusing the government of neglect following rampant cases of cattle rustling between the community and the neighbouring Borana.

Watch NTV’s coverage here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju8IH-mCnXg

Recommended Action:

Please disttribute this information to your networks, and send a letter in support of the Samburu to the president of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, and other government officials, urging an end to this genocidal assault.

Addresses:
Hon. Mwai Kibaki, The President, Republic of Kenya, P.O. Box 30050 00100 – Harambee Avenue Nairobi, Kenya, Fax: +254-020-243620, Email: president@statehousekenya.go.ke

Right Hon. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Republic of Kenya, P.O. Box 30050 00100, Nairobi, Kenya, Email: contact@statehousekenya.go.ke

Hon. George Saitoti, Minister for Internal Security, Harambee Avenue, P.O. Box 30510, Nairobi 00200, Kenya, Tel: +254-020-227411

Major General Hussein Ali, Commissioner of Police, Kenya Police Headquarters, Vigilance House, Harambee Avenue, P.O. Box 30083, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel: +254-020-341411/6/8, Email: commissioner@police.go.ke, complaints@police.go.ke

Hon S. Amos Wako, Attorney General, State Law Office, Harambee Avenue, P.0. Box 40112, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel.: +254-020-227461

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Mrs. Jaoko e-mail haki@knchr.org

Hon. Martha W. Karua, E.G.H., M.P., Ministry of Justice, Haile Selassie Avenue, P.O. Box 56057, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel.: 254-20-224029, Email: ps-justice@justice.go.ke

Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations in Geneva, Av. de la Paix 1-3, 1202 Genève, Switzerland, Fax: +41 22 731 29 05, E-mail: mission.kenya@ties.itu.int

Please also write to the embassies of Kenya in your respective countries.

Category: Background

Statement of Phillip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions Mission to Kenya

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

Statement of Phillip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions Mission to Kenya

Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of Land Privatization on Samburu Pastoralist Livelihood Strategies: 2000–2005 [introduction]

 Carolyn K. Lesorogol, PhD, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis MO, USA

 Extensive pastoralism as practiced by East African pastoralists such as the Samburu of Northern Kenya, is premised on access to relatively large tracts of rangeland. Most pastoral land has been communally managed by groups of pastoralists who have, over time, developed rules and norms for regulating access to and use of the resources. In recent years, however, a number of pastoral groups have begun to privatize land, raising questions about the implications of this shift for pastoral livelihoods and the future of commonly held rangelands.

 A school of thought prevalent among rangeland scholars suggests that maintaining pastoralists’ mobility is critical to enabling them to remain successful herders.

 Accordingly, privatization of pastoral lands and the trend toward increasing sedentarization of pastoralists appears to be a threat to the continued viability of pastoral production and livelihoods. However, there is little empirical data demonstrating the effect of a shift from communal to private rangeland on pastoralists’ well-being or economic survival strategies. The study summarized here offers some evidence on the effect of land privatization. A longitudinal analysis compares the changes in welfare across two relatively similar Samburu communities, Siambu and Mbaringon, that differ in the land tenure systems they follow. While land continues to be considered as communal in Mbaringon, land in Siambu is privatized.

 Samburu Pastoralism and Land Privatization

 The Samburu are seminomadic pastoralists who live in the semi-arid Samburu district in north-central Kenya. During the process of land adjudication following independence, the semi-arid and arid lands were exempt from the titling of individual land due mostly to the unproductive potential of the land and the mobility required by its largely pastoralist inhabitants. Titles were instead distributed to groups as a formality required to lay claim to land.

 However, a small group of Samburu who saw an investment opportunity in privatized land, began agitating for individual titling and petitioned the government for land in the late 1970s. A conflict between the two factions ensued that was finally settled in 1986 when the government decided to sub-divide part of the land under dispute, known as the Lorroki plateau, to the petitioners. This area of privatized land constitutes the community of Siambu. The other sample community, Mbarigon, is located 40 km southeast of Siambu.

Data for this study was collected in detailed household level surveys fielded in 2000-2001 and again in 2005 when the initial households were revisited. A total of 159 households, 70 from Siambu and 89 from Mbaringon participated in the survey.

Wealth, Inequality and Livelihoods.

 As the initial survey was conducted just after the prolonged drought of 1999–2000 that led to large losses of livestock for many households in both communities, the ensuing period is likely to have been one of recovery. However, while both communities post an increase in the mean Tropical Livestock Units (TLU) per household, an increase in average per capita income over the sample period only occurred in Mbaringon. In fact, as the table below reveals, average income in Siambu decreased. By this metric, Mbaringon, which was worse off than Siambu in 2000, becomes better off by 2005.

This may be explained by the fact that being nomadic pastoralists, livelihoods in Mbaringon are more centered on livestock that faced high rates of mortality due to the drought. Nevertheless, the slight increase in median income suggests that the welfare improvement in Mbaringon was limited to a few households. It also appears that crop production in Siambu was less effective in supporting household well being in the latter period than in the earlier one. Indeed, inequality analysis reveals a significant degree of stratification. Across both communities, the wealthiest quintile owns more than 50 percent of the livestock while the poorest own less than two percent.

Original introduction

http://www.ilri.org/Link/Publications/Publications/Theme%201/Pastoral%20conference/Briefs/Lesorogol_LandPrivatizationSamburu_Brief_Final.pdf

Category: Background

Kenya: Human Rights Violations in Samburu

Posted on November 23, 2009 with No Comments

dipa and cowKenya: Another Silent Genocide: Human Rights Violations in Samburu

Pambazuka News, Issue 424

 20 March 2009

On Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 Somali bandits raided the Samburu tribe near Lerata, Kenya, a small community between Archer`s Post and Wamba located in the Samburu District, northern Kenya, once known as the Northern Frontier District. Bandits took hundreds of cattle, shot two men, stole a local conservancy vehicle, and kidnapped two Samburu children.

The response of the Kenyan government has shocked Samburu victims and their advocates.

“Rather than locating our children and recovering our cattle, the Kenyan government sent a special police force into Lerata and surrounding communities, flew over the village, and proceeded to shoot innocent people in the community from helicopters,” a witness stated. “Police were firing into the school yard, at women walking their goats, people getting water at the well, and at the small rural medical clinic,” reported medical personnel at the local medical dispensary.

“At first, the community thought the police were here to help us find our lost children and ran out to greet them,” stated Sammy Lepurdati. “When they initially started shooting, everyone tried to convince them they were making a mistake, but instead the police kept circling the bomas, firing deliberately at innocent people.”

“It was a nightmare,” he stated. “People were screaming, running in every direction. Those who survived fled to the bush and nearby mountains.”

Police also beat over 30 women, children, and the elderly with clubs, according to one witness, who asked to remain anonymous. “My mother was walking to the bore hole with my 4 year-old sister and 10-month old brother, who was wrapped on her back, to water our goats and calves,” the 15 year-old reported. “She turned around to take my sister’s hand when police approached her, told her to give over the calves and goats to him and, when she pleaded with him that it was our only source of food, he began beating her with his club.”

“When the baby started crying, he pushed my mother to the ground and began hitting her over and over again on her back until the baby stopped crying. My sister screamed and then he began beating her, too.” All three sustained life-threatening injuries according to the rural dispensary’s nurse practitioner, Edward Letalama.

“The police then proceeded to confiscate all the village’s remaining cattle, including those owned by the local orphanage, and transported them to Archer’s Post, 28 km away,” according to Titus Letaapo Saayio, Director of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, one of the most successful community conservation programs in Kenya, which is run by Samburu communities under the direction of Northern Rangeland Trust.

“We are shocked and feel betrayed that the police and Kenyan government are not even trying to bring these shiftas [bandits] to justice and have, instead, turned against their own people.”

Survivors fled to the mountains or followed their cattle to Archer’s Post and then to Isiolo, 40 km away in another district. “By taking the cattle out of the district, we realized they had no intention of returning these cattle or to carry out the policies of a democratic society,” reported Member of Parliament Raphael Letimelo, Samburu District, “Instead, the special police force brought them across district lines where local District officers and representatives would be powerless.”

Hundreds of the cattle confiscated had been donated by an international humanitarian aid NGO to the orphanage to replace cattle to local orphans and families recovering from the 2006 drought in which 85% of their livestock perished. Independently audited records and photographs of this livestock are kept, proving ownership of this stock.

“Without milk from their cattle, the community members will die.” Dan Letoiya, Director of West Gate Wildlife Conservancy stated. “We are experiencing another severe drought and this is their only source of protein and liquid. The milk from their livestock make up 90% of their dietary intake.”

The Samburu pastoralists have herded cattle in this region for centuries and are some of the most marginalized people in all of East Africa, with no political voice, advocacy, or means to defend themselves. This situation, combined with the maize shortage caused by a Kenyan governmental corruption scheme, means thousands could face starvation.

In fact, Rosemary Lekali from Save the Children urged public government officials to intervene. “The Samburu are certain to perish from dehydration and starvation in the absence of their livestock. Cattle not only represent their most important food reserve, but it is also their primary livelihood and currency,” she said.

“When a parent wishes to send a child to school, the bursary or tuition is paid with the sale of cattle. When a family member has to be hospitalized, a cow is sold. These livestock provide cultural and traditional ceremonial purposes as well, which Kenya should embrace and preserve as part of its cultural heritage.”

On Feb 28, thousands of cattle, including those belonging to the local orphanage and humanitarian aid organization, were simply handed over to the Borana and Somali people. Police claim they `recovered` these cattle as those stolen in the initial raid by bandits, but records show otherwise. Documents prove that the confiscated cattle belong, in fact, to local familes and the orphanage, and that those who were beaten, killed and shot at were citizens innocent of any wrongdoing.

“It is shocking that the Kenyan government could support the Somali people who have consistently terrorized both sides of the border as well as their coastline.” said Peter Leshakwet, Director of the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy.”One wonders about the possibility of covert affiliations with terrorism or other black market trades.”

Hundreds more special police forces are being sent to Samburu this week with intentions to round up thousands more head of cattle. On March 2, 2009, another 2000 head of cattle were given to the Somali, as hundreds of local citizens witnessed the transaction. One respected elder of the community, Lelaekai Lekurinai, in his late 70’s, was gunned down by police in front of those witnesses in the Isiolo city limits as he begged the police to release his cattle.

To date, estimated value of cattle confiscated and released to Somali bandits is in excess of 5 million USD. This activity is not localized, but has now spread district-wide. In addition, all local conservancies in the Samburu District have been immobilized and disabled by the police.

“The police dismantled all radio communication devices and security equipment for our anti-poaching units,” stated Tom Lesarge, Director of Community Relations and Security at the Northern Rangelands Trust, who has been working on mitigating inter-tribal conflict, land-use disputes, and increasing security in the area. He reported that five Northern Rangeland Trust conservancies were essentially terminated, including the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, Sera Conservation Trust, Meibae Conservancy, and Westgate Wildlife Conservation Areas.

“This could have devastating impacts on the rare and endangered species found in this area, and essentially overturn everything we’ve accomplished thus far to protect wildlife and bring security to this region,” he stated.

The situation is worsening with each passing day. “There have been reports and threats of possible mass executions and removal from of indigenous people from their traditional homelands throughout the Samburu District in the next few weeks,” stated Letimelo, “Many of us feel as if the police are treating our district as a foreign country they are invading, not as their own northern district and citizens, which they are assigned to protect.”

Ironically, on Wednesday top UN investigator Philip Alston issued one of the UN`s strongest indictments against Kenyan security forces, charging that police are carrying out heinous acts against innocent citizens with complete exemption from punishment. He noted the brutal series of hundreds of executions carried out by special police forces across the country in recent months, all conducted abruptly without due process. He stated, “Kenyan police are a law unto themselves. They kill often, with impunity.”

http://pambazuka.org/en/category/action/55045

Category: Background

Tension In Samburu

Posted on November 22, 2009 with No Comments

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Tension is high on the Samburu-Isiolo border after the government started repossessing cattle believed to have been stolen from the neighboring Isiolo and Meru districts. Pastoralists in Samburu reject that claim and charge they have stolen their cattle to be sold in black markets in the Sudan, South Africa, and Asia. police take cattle Watch full story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_X_DCzGtWA

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