Sign the petition to help stop the Sengwer people being illegally evicted

What’s happening?

Right now in Kenya, Hundreds of Sengwer indigenous people – among them children, women and the elderly – are camping in the cold outside Kenya’s western Embobut forest after they were evicted by armed forest warders and police, who have burned down more than 1,000 homes in the past two weeks. The Kenyan government says the forest dwellers must leave so that the forest ecosystem can be restored, and maintains it has paid compensation to help people settle elsewhere. But desperate families who have lost most of their possessions are now living without basic necessities on nearby roadsides. This desperate community needs our help to save their homes — and the forest — before it’s destroyed forever.

“We don’t have a place to call home apart from the forest – we have been evicted by our own government, (and) we are in a deplorable condition.” – Evictee Margaret Chebor

What can we do?

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim’s office has issued a statement of concern pledging to intensify discussions with the Kenyan government.

“We are alarmed by reports of recently evicted families in the Embobut Forest and Cherangany Hills areas of Kenya…The World Bank is not involved in the reported evictions, nor has the Bank financed or supported these actions…Far too often, the voices of the poor and disenfranchised around the world are not heard. The cases of the people in the affected communities in Kenya should be urgently evaluated in a fair and transparent manner.” – World Bank Group statement

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says he wants to change the Bank. Let’s hold him to his word, demanding that he call on the Kenyan government to stop these vicious land grabs and commit to new human rights standards for all future grants. Add your name to the petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_forced_evictions_loc/?fpbr

 

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