Nyeri IDPs Demonstrate Demanding for Resettlement and Compensation

Lucy Hannan by Lucy Hannan
Updates:
Despite promises from the County Commissioner that the concerns highlighted by the petition would be addressed by the National Government, there has been no word on whether this has actually occurred. We continue to monitor the situation, making sure that the IDPs do not give demanding for their rights as Kenyan citizens.

On November 25th, 2014 over 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Kenya’s Central Region, marched to the County Commissioners offices in Nyeri, Kenya, demanding for recognition as IDPs displaced by the 2007-2008 Post Election Violence (PEV), and for compensation as such. A petition with these demands was submitted to the County Commissioner who promised that it would be forwarded on to the National Government. 

On August 19th 2014, InformAction screened its film "Unfinished Business" at the Ruringu Stadium, which is adjacent to one of Nyeri's IDP camps. After the screening, frustrations and anger towards the Kenyan government were clear. Emotions ran high, with many IDPs questioning their citizenship as Kenyans. Post-screening discussions, facilitated by our team in Nyeri, enabled the IDPs to act on their frustrations by spurring them to peaceful action through the creation of a community organized IDP Community Action Team. The Action Team orchestrated and planned for the November 25th March from Ruringu Stadium, to the Nyeri County Commissioner's office, in order to submit a petition demanding for their recognition as IDPs displaced by the 2007-2008 Post-Election-Violence, and the compensation and reparations due to them as such. The petition was addressed to the President of the Republic of Kenya.

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