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