Loonjorin: a Samburu community living and herding in the shadow of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, Marsabit County, Kenya. An Entanglement of ethics

James Drew //Geography & Anthropology// Wednesday 2nd March 2016//1-2pm//Arts C133

Africa’s largest wind-farm is under construction in northern Kenya.  Samburu, Turkana and Rendile pastoralists have grazed livestock in this landscape for generations.  This presentation will explore how Samburu living around Mt. Nyiro in northern Kenya deal with different ‘worldviews’ and make them compatible in their lives in light of the unfolding Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) Development Project.  The presentation will highlight issues regarding land claims, lineage rights, and identities; and the (re-)creation of unities, divisions, and conflicts among and between ‘communities’.  This will enable an understanding of how moralities are continually negotiated and why the LTWP development is liberating to some and oppressive to others.


James Drew is a PhD student who straddles the Geography and Anthropology departments in the school of Global Studies at the University of Sussex.

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