Mount Elgon: Does anybody care?

Since August 2006, civilians living in Mount Elgon District1, Kenya, have been terrorised by increased violence from several different groups: the Sabaot Land Defence Force [SLDF]2, police operations, criminals and vigilante groups.

They have struggled to protect themselves and have frequently been forced to move in order to find safety—either on the upper slopes of the mountain, down the hill or in neighbouring districts. The population of Mount Elgon live in a precarious condition, dependent on local communities and humanitarian assistance.

They dwell in poor and temporary shelters, schools or churches where they are exposed to cold nights and insecurity. While their material needs are great—with people lacking access to basic medical services, clothing, sufficient food, cooking utensils—most of all, the population aims to live in security.