Heavily armed police just burned 1,000 homes to the ground to force indigenous families out of the Kenyan forest where they’ve lived for centuries. This desperate community needs our help to save their homes — and the forest — before it’s destroyed forever.
The World Bank has given millions to the Kenyan forest police who are annihilating this ancient community. And — with new funding at stake this year — the Bank has massive leverage over the government. So far the Bank is staying mum, but if enough of us supercharge the community’s call for help, we can force it to demand this horror stops.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says he wants to change the Bank. Let’s hold him to his word, demanding that he call on the Kenyan government to stop these vicious land grabs and commit to new human rights standards for all future grants. When a million of us sign, we’ll grab Kim’s attention by showing burning homes outside the Bank’s Washington HQ.
Add your name, then send Kim a message, now:
Kenya: KFS Guards Burn Down Homes in Embobut Forest (The Star)
Kenyan families flee Embobut forest to avoid forced evictions by police (The Guardian)
Kenya defies its own courts (Forest Peoples Programme)
U.S. pushes for outside oversight of World Bank (Washington Post)
Kenya / Embobut Forest: UN rights expert calls for the protection of indigenous people facing eviction (UN)
Indigenous Kenyans evicted in the name of ‘conservation’ (New Internationalist)