My name is Simeon Letoole. I am a member of the Samburu tribe in Kenya. We are a clan of the Maasai, I am certain many of you have heard of. We are nomadic pastoralists and for thousands of years we have lived on a very simple way with our livestock, as well as with the wild life. We have respectfully used this land and its resources.
In 1904, in order to make way to the British settlers our grandfathers were forcefully removed from our land at gunpoint. 114 years later our ancestral land has remained occupied by former colonial ranchers, some of which is now given away to other private investors. Te remaining Samburu and Maasai people continue to be forcefully removed from our ancestral lands.
Two weeks ago, illegal evictions took place where almost one thousand homes were burned to ashes. More than two thousand people were left with nothing. Such evictions are systematic and are enforced by the local police.
I have decided to stand for the rights of our people and I have filed a legal claim against the eviction of the Kisiriri community in Laikipia, Kenya. The legal fee is unbearable for me. However, I have decided to fight until the end and to take such cases to the court of law.
Losing our land means we are losing our culture and identity. Something that will make our world a poorer place to live.
I am kindly asking for your support to cover the legal fee for this case. Additionally, I want to help the community rebuild the main infrastructure that was lost during the violent and unlawful evictions. I also want to be in a position to fight the systematic efforts that aim to our extinction.
Thank you so much.