Ester Sitomik talking about conservation. Sitomik is an 'Ogiek Minority Woman': "I live inside the forest where the Itare River...

Ester Sitomik talking about conservation. Sitomik is an 'Ogiek Minority Woman': "I live inside the forest where the Itare River...

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Ester Sitomik talking about conservation. Sitomik is an 'Ogiek Minority Woman':

"I live inside the forest where the Itare River starts from, where the Itare Dam is now being built. I have come here with my fellow women of Ogiek community, we were born there. We like conservation, we are natural conservators and we don’t want destruction. We shall converse to the last drop of our blood because these trees are our life."

"These trees are medicinal, when you combine them together and boil them you use the liquid as medicine. We don’t go to modern hospital because we have the medicine that we need here. If you have a headache it will get cured, if you have a chest problem it will get cured."

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

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