Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and opposition leader Raila Odinga pray together on a stage during the annual prayer breakfast for unity of the country in Nairobi on May 31, 2018. / AFP / Evans Ouma
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Kenya's Ogiek people are optimistic of returning to their ancestral forests as the government has pledged to honour a landmark ruling ordering reparations for forced evictions, in a judgment that could impact others with similar land claims.Evictions have ceased and the Ogiek are rehabilitating parts of the Rift Valley's Mau Forest one year after Africa's highest human rights court told Kenya to compensate the forest-dwellers for violating their land rights, an Ogiek campaigner said.Environmentalists have long campaigned for better protection of the Mau Forest as Kenya has been hard hit by unlawful settlement, logging and charcoal production in its indigenous forests, all of which are government-owned.Indigenous communities argue that the best way to protect forests is to give them ownership of the land on condition that they conserve it.
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