Its hard to believe that people, yes people, who live off the land, can be so uncontrolled and destructive.. Once again.. the Ndoto mountains have been burnt, not once, not twice BUT 4 enormous fires have raged across the west side of the mountain destroying every thing in their paths… We are even doubting our trust in the Samburu elders being able to keep the tribe together.. How could a bunch of unruly, misinformed youngsters go so crazy with a box of matches so freely… These fires have been driving our caring Milgis scouts and Ilkiramats to insanity..
We would first like to thank the Kenya Wildlife Service from Ngurnit for coming to help, when we were at our wits end.. They were fantastic, but we must NOT stop there!..
THE MILGIS TRUST NEEDS HELP FROM THE KENYA FOREST SERVICE to STOP This now .. and forever more.. The perpetrators need to be questioned and punished..
We need funding to make a film to show the communities what they are doing to themselves.. PLEASE!.. We are reaching out to all you good people..
The areas affected are the upper parts of the Sererit, Parkenua valleys.. Sererit is the biggest river flowing out of the Ndotos .. I’m sure it will be severely affected..
We are heading fast into a harsh drought… Every one is desperate for water.. What are these guys thinking???
MILGIS NEEDS HELP FROM THE AUTHORITIES.. THE Ndotos need help.. There are some completely crazy people on this mountain.. About one third of the west side of the mountain has been destroyed..
Do we need to remind them of what happened on the other side of the mountain.. Does it take people to be drowned and 100 and 1000s of animals to die before they realise what they are doing by lighting up 1 match.. See my blog ‘adventure and Thanks’ sept 18
Now people have burn’t one third of the other side.. WE HAVE TO STOP THIS NOW…
Digby headed off up into the mountains to capture the damage on film, and eventually they will be part of our new film.. ‘STOP THESE FIRES’
the images that follow are just a little bit of the damage..
WE ASK THE KFS ( Kenya Forest services) not to give them that pleasure.. PLEASE DO NOT ISSUE FIREWOOD COLLECTING PERMITS around the Ndotos..
With all this utter crazyness I had to add these 3 photos to the bottom to calm my mind.. and yours.. not all humans are bad!.. We were down at Baringo the other day and I saw this very sweet scene, a fisherman being kind to a hammer kop!!.. LONG LIVE THAT MAN!!
the morral of the story… or lets say the conclusion.. The MILGIS TRUST is looking for funding to make a film on the burning and the repercussions.. after the success of our film ‘RAMATE E LOSHO” ( looking after society) and the good outcome of people on every showing, and the discussions after, many people are now thinking of their future seriously!… SO we feel that a film IS THE WAY FORWARD!! any one willing to help fund it.. PLEASE!! We need $20000..
Oh God Helen, am so so so sorry, ghastly, after all you’ve done for years to save this sacred heritage, heartbreaking. Xxx
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Helen – we who read your posts out here in the wider world feel your pain..and need information how to RELIABLY get funding to you. Maybe that would help. (Please send a private email to me about this, if nothing else?)