In West Pokot, Kenya, Philipine (Pini) Chepkoech Kidulah and her support staff at Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika are bringing a new element of transformation to the communities through addressing conflict between the Pokot and Turkana people. Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika (Swahili for: “Unveil yourselves, women of Africa”) has been actively engaged in empowering women in the region through agricultural development initiatives and training. As climate change has worsened, resources for both the Turkana and Pokot have been dwindling in this semi-arid climate. With decreased access to resources, these neighboring people groups have turned to cattle rustling (stealing) in order to maintain control over their primary sources of wealth: livestock and land. Many families have lost fathers, brothers, and sons to the violence of the raids. Occasionally unarmed women are even targeted by armed men who seek revenge in the cyclical violence between these two groups of people.
Pini and Jitokeze have recognized that there is a deeper issue than simply limited resources: cattle are valued more than human life. Below is an excerpt from a recent report to Covenant World Relief that details a conflict transformation training session: Continue Reading »