Youths hold caravan to raise conservation awareness

Written By: Rahma Ahmed


About 200 youths have embarked on a five-day camel caravan to raise awareness on the importance of conserving River Ewaso Nyiro.

The volunteer youths who have been joined by conservation groups will cover a journey of 240 kilometers traversing Laikipia, Samburu, and Isiolo counties.

The move is a long term solution to help reduce perennial bloody conflicts among pastoralist communities over water and pasture.

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Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation Director  Mali ole Kaunga says conflict over water and pasture has in the past resulted in violent crashes and fatalities  especially in areas around Lorian Swamp.

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Kaunga says River Ewaso Nyiro is fed by nearly 40 streams flowing from Mt Kenya and Aberdare forests noting that the unregulated extraction of water on these tributaries by small and large scale farmers upstream is one of the reasons why the water flow to the semi arid northern region has been on the decline.

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Part of the group participating in the caravan started their journey at Ewaso village in Laikipia County while the other team kicked off their journey from the other end of the river at Malkadaka in Isiolo County with the two teams expected to converge at Archers Post on Tuesday.

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The camel caravan aims at sensitizing county and national governments as well as community leaders from both the farming and pastoralist communities on how Ewaso Nyiro waters  can be shared equitably


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