Maasai are the Rightful Stewards of Our Land

Olosho le Maa, the Maasai community, cannot exist apart from Maasailand. Our ability to coexist with dangerous wildlife, to share forests and water and pasture with other communities under conditions of scarcity, to live in ways that sustains and regenerates the land– these elements of Maasai culture are created through the daily practice of living on particular land. That knowledge is adaptable to changing circumstances as it has been for thousands of years.

We seek the return of occupied land to employ the strategies of land management drawn from our cultural knowledge that will rebuild the health of ecosystems. As occupied land is returned to Olosho le Maa, we employ strategies involving limited agriculture where appropriate, a redesign of the landscape around schools and water sources, all done with awareness of where wildlife lives and migrates. The future of the wildlife rich areas of East Africa is dependent on the ability of Maasai people to apply our strategies of coexistence to changing conditions, and that is our vision of Land Justice.

Land justice is also for the survival of Maasai people who have been maintained in anemic poverty for a century as our lands create wealth for others.

 

 

To reclaim land, MERC has led an effort for over 30 years to challenge illegal occupation in Kenyan court, most recently through the suit for Mau Narok.