New whisteblower app fights forced evictions in Kenya

An indigenous group in Kenya is embracing the use of technological innovation to document forced evictions and efforts at resolving related conflicts. Although forced evictions are not new to Kenya’s Sengwer community, in December 2018, the Kenyan Forest Service started a new campaign to evict families from the Embobut Forest — their ancestral home — thereby resulting in conflicts and 341 houses being burnt, says a report by Amnesty International published in May this year. The Sengwer community in Embobut Forest is now using “This Is My Backyard” (TIMBY), a set of interconnected digital tools, to document and, boost negotiations to resolve land conflicts.…

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