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Title:Human security in pastoralist areas of Eastern Africa
Author:Ogola, Leandro OduorISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 1024-6029)
Volume:19
Issue:3
Pages:27-40
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Kenya
Sudan
Uganda
Subjects:pastoralists
human security
government policy
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10246029.2010.519876
Abstract:Pastoralist groups in Eastern Africa are extremely vulnerable as a result of intercommunity conflicts, the harsh terrain, and unfavourable climatic conditions. They have been neglected by successive regimes on matters of socioeconomic development. Based on data from Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia, this article interrogates the historical relationship between governments, humanitarian groups and pastoralists. It notes with great concern that pastoralists have been branded as hunger-stricken populations with insignificant economic potential that can be harnessed from their day-to-day livelihood. They are treated as sedentary populations who need a constant supply of relief food to keep going. In order to reverse these misconceptions, the article places emphasis on mitigating the threats of intra-community conflicts, diseases and natural disasters through investment in social schemes and infrastructure in order to open up the areas for service provision. Indeed, for a majority of the pastoralists, insecurity comes not so much from traditional security concerns, but from human insecurity concerns about their survival, preservation of their lifestyle and well-being in a day-to-day context. Note, ref., sum. (p. VI-VII). [Journal abstract]
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