In an event marking World Responsible Tourism Day, November 12, Minority Rights Group International shed some light on the plight of Kenya's Endorois people, evicted from their traditional lands in the 1970s to make way for a nature reserve frequented by tourists.
The traditional lands of the 60,000 Endorois lay in what is now Lake Bogoria National Reserve, a 41-square mile river basin in the Rift Valley. The Endorois now no longer have access to vital grazing land or ceremonial sites, and receive only a pittance in tourism revenue.
Leader of the Endorois people, Wilson Kipkazi, says, "We welcome visitors to our country. But loss of our lands has forced my community into poverty. It is high time that we benefit fully from the income generated through tourism."MRG has started the Trouble In Paradise campaign to right this injustice for the Endorois.
While in Lake Bogoria, tourists can visit reconstructions of typical Endorois village and watch locals perform traditional dances, yet they remain oblivious to the dispossession of the Endorois.