Today, we went to a church in Ruiru - a town just outside of Nairobi and a home to an estimated 1,200 Anuak refugees from Ethiopia.
But first, who exactly are the Anuak?
Traditionally agro-pastoralists and an Indigenous people, the Anuak have lived in the fertile region located in southwestern Ethiopia, today called Gambella, since time immemorial. The name ‘Anuak’, translated from its Nilotic roots, literally means ‘sharing with each other’, and when you see them congregate for mass like we did today, it’s easy to understand. For centuries, they’ve prided themselves off of their sense of community and their close ties to the environment and its conservation, which is why leaving home was never a decision easily taken for any of them.
Today, the Anuak, numbering at an estimated 300,000 in Gambella and around the world, have been forced to flee their homelands over the past couple of decades largely due to a combination of violence by the Ethiopian government and large land grabs by international and national agro-business investors. Yet in the background, climate change is now pushing the remaining traditional farmers past the tipping point, unusual longer dry seasons and torrential wet seasons are destroying the remaining lands they have left.
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