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Kenya’s Mijikenda people revive sacred homesteads to protect the forest


3 October 2018 News
Members of the Kaya Kauma Conservation Group, who are charged with protecting the kaya, its surrounding forest, and the clan’s traditions and practices, meet inside the kaya. Members of the Kaya Kauma Conservation Group, who are charged with protecting the kaya, its surrounding forest, and the clan’s traditions and practices, meet inside the kaya. Image by Sophie Mbugua for Mongabay.

Kenya’s Mijikenda people revive sacred homesteads to protect the forest

 

by  on 1 October 2018

 

  • Kenya’s Mijikenda indigenous people have long revered and protected the forests surrounding their ancestral homesteads, known as kayas, which dot the country’s southeastern coast.
  • Today, the 45 kayas and their surrounding forests face many threats. Illegal logging, mining, agricultural encroachment, land grabbing, and a spate of murders targeting the very elders who protect them have all worn away at the kayas’ biological and cultural integrity.
  • In response, the Mijikenda, with the help of outside NGOs, have launched new efforts to protect the kaya forests, starting with an effort to revitalize their traditional culture among the younger generation.

 

Full article available at:

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/10/kenyas-mijikenda-people-revive-sacred-homesteads-to-protect-the-forest/

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