Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation

Camel Caravan.

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Background

In the past number of years, the situation of pastoralists in the North of Kenya has become more dire. Especially the decreasing water levels in the wider Ewaso Ng’iro Catchment have been a source of conflict, displacement and loss of livelihoods. To address these issues, IMPACT has been conducting the Camel Caravan since 2013 to try and assist the communities in the area and create awareness or their plight. The Camel caravan is one of main strategies that has contributed to creating awareness amongst the communities relying on the Ewaso Ng’iro river, government and other stakeholders to come together with the aim of addressing the pressing water challenges and conflict connected with it.

The Ewaso Nyiro Camel Caravan is held every year to raise awareness of the challenges facing the communities living downstream, this is a five day trekking along the Ewaso Nyiro Ecosystem interacting with the local communities promoting coexistence and equitable sharing of the scarce resources. As the theme of this year 2nd -9th of August states ‘Saving Ewaso Ngiro-Promorting Cohesion and Securing Livelihoods of Communities in the Ewaso Ecosystem’, we aim to raise awareness on the need to conserve Ewaso Nyiro River being the main source of water in the semi arid region of Kenya mainly occupied by the pastoralists. Water volume has recorded a steady decline and at times dried up completely at some section resulting to bloody conflicts among the herders as competition for the limited resources intensifies. The unregulated extraction of water by the farming community upstream has contributed largely to the drying up of the river.

Objectives of the event
The purpose of this yearly activity is to;
    -To create awareness on the importance to conserve water catchment areas.
    -To create a platform for the indigenous communities to interact and embrace cultural diversity.
    -To bring different stakeholders and other government policy makers together.
    -To identify peace strategies that will help in mitigation of conflicts among the pastoralists communities.


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