Rasha Al Jundi

Red Soil

This is a story that spans generations.

About the man in a red shuka and the woman with a beaded necklace.

Indigenous peoples, once mighty, controlling territories that crossed borders.

A tribe rich with traditions, culture, knowledge, and history.

Now uprooted, fragmented, and fenced off from ancestral lands.

A historical injustice with contemporary consequences.

The Maasai of Laikipia County live in a state of negative peace.

Colonizers pushed them away from the red soil of the Rift Valley into confined reserves.

Present day governance trades with their lands and grievances.

Fortress conservation, drought, and bouts of conflict surround them. Prejudice mutes their voices.

Peace without justice is present. The threat to their way of life is real.

Yet, they are here, holding us witness to their story.