Peace in June and July

Duma meeting between Rendile/Borana communities

Duma meeting between Rendile/Borana communities

  • 7 cows returned to Samburu community
  • 68 Borana camels recovered to Biliqo-Bulesa 
  • 3 cows recovered in Nakupurat and handed back to Samburu community
  • 8 camels recovered and handed back to Somali community
  • 6 successful dialogue meetings between Rendile and Borana, Turkana and Samburu of Kipising and Burat communities, Somalis /Samburu
  • 15 peace awareness meetings across the hot spot areas
  • 1 cattle raid prevented through early intervention
  • 1 capacity building training for North Rift peace committees

As the season gets drier, tensions between pastoralists competing for grazing and water can reach boiling point. When livestock represent your family's only bank account, losing them in a raid has dire consequences. The NRT peace team, peace ambassadors in the conservancies and the mobile patrol units, 9-1 and 9-2, have been working together to try and prevent violence, and foster dialogue as a means of conflict resolution. A significant part of preventing clashes is the return of stolen livestock. Working with conservancy rangers and community members, the peace teams and the rangers are managing to find and return stolen livestock more and more. This is something that was unheard of a few years ago. 

Conservancy rangers and Morans recovering the stolen cattles

Conservancy rangers and Morans recovering the stolen cattles

Josphine Ekiru, NRT's peace coordinator, has been working with the NRT GIS team, mapping and identifying the location of conflict hot spots. This has helped in controlling the eruption of conflict, despite the fact that there are higher livestock numbers than this time in 2015.

The NRT peace team has also been focusing on engaging young warriors, and building their capacity to tackle issues surrounding insecurity. This includes using dialogue as a tool for conflict resolution, and focusing on responding to conflict before it erupts. The team also conducted peace awareness meetings in high-risk areas.

In Baringo, cooperation from the County Government and Ruko Conservancy helped to facilitate a two day peace camp, which brought together 75 young warriors from the Pokot and Lchams communities. It also enabled three days of outreach - to raise peace awareness within communities. This involved the young warriors visiting conflict hotspots in both tribal areas. 

Morans Lchams /Pokot Morans performing tradional dances at night

Morans Lchams /Pokot Morans performing tradional dances at night

“The communities were so appreciative" says Josphine. "Since morans (young warriors) from both communities moved together and preached the peace massage, it was amazing when the team reached Kiserian - all the community, including women and children, turned up for the meeting when they heard Pokot morans were coming. After each meeting, traditional songs and peace songs were sang by everyone and really enjoyed. One woman was glad to meet her son in-law, who was from the other community. She hadn't seen for ten years, since the conflict started. She spoke in the meeting painfully and appreciated the conservancy for the peace initiative.”