Ester Kosgei laughing as she tells stories about the forest. Kosgei is an 'Ogiek Minority Woman': "Our medicinal herbs are...

Ester Kosgei laughing as she tells stories about the forest. Kosgei is an 'Ogiek Minority Woman': "Our medicinal herbs are...

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Ester Kosgei laughing as she tells stories about the forest. Kosgei is an 'Ogiek Minority Woman':

"Our medicinal herbs are being degraded and vanishing because of deforestation. Our medicine is inside the forest and it is our life. You can see my eyes, I have problems, it is because our medicinal plants have diminished. We are actually shocked why people destroy our forest."

"We need the trees, we need the water, we need the wild animals and we need even the livelihoods of bee keeping and sheep rearing so that it will help us to promote our living standards. So that in the future the legacy of the forest is left for our children and grandchildren."

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Seedlings, Community Forestry, Women Health, Mau Forest, Women, Livelihoods, Community-based Forest Management, Narok, Kenya, KE.

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