Write a letter for the Ogiek

1. Write your letter, then 2. Complete it and 3. Mail it

Ogiek man, Kenya
Ogiek man, Kenya
© Virginia Luling/Survival

The Ogiek are hunter-gatherers – some in the deep forest live purely by hunting and gathering, while the majority grow vegetables and keep livestock also. They have traditionally hunted such animals as antelope and wild pigs, which is now generally illegal.

An invasion of loggers, tea planters and settlers into the Ogiek’s home has caused much of the Mau Forest to become severely degraded. The Kenyan government is trying to evict everyone from the forest, including the Ogiek who have been living there for centuries.

If the Ogiek are evicted from the Mau Forest it could spell disaster for the forest and for the Ogiek, who will become ‘conservation refugees’.

How you can help

Please write a letter to the President of Kenya, urging him to change his plans and allow the Ogiek to live on their land.

H E The Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H., President
State House
PO Box 40530

July 25, 2021

Your Excellency

Will my letter make a difference?
Yes. Time and again, letters from Survival supporters have called governments and organisations to account. Policies have changed and lives have been saved.

Post or email?
We always provide an email address where we can get one, and where we think a message will get through. Sometimes we provide a postal address too. Posting a letter is always the most effective way of making your views known, by far. If you can, please post a letter.