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An Ecosystem Within the Boundaries of Kenya and Ethiopia Where Only the Strongest Call Home

The County in Kenya is a residence to Cushites, Borana, Rendille, and Gabra. The County has a population of 459,785 residents and borders Ethiopia to the North.


The communities are rich in diverse practices. It's one of the places where cultures are vanquished to the latter. Pastoralism and nomadism are part of their lives. Impressive facts about the Borana. 'Borana' means independent. And this sovereignty comes from their nomadic lives. They hardly name their children not until they are 3 years of age. Borana people practice the gadaa system. A kind of System that governs the social and religious, political, and economic activities of the community. Incase 'abba gadaa' (The Leader) dies, the Symbol for power is inherited by the wife who defends the ordinance. The hierarchy in practice since the 16th century.


They are pastoralists and their main trade is livestock. Due to the diversification of their habitat, they keep camels in large numbers which are well adapted to the weather. The amazing existences of the community are that they pray to the moon among other sacrificial practices. Due to their climatic conditions, they weren't affected much by the Colonial power since they saw no need of dwelling in the area due to the harsh climate. That's why the railway reached Nanyuki Town. For governance, the tribe practices an age-set system where every set has its roles.


The culture exercises pastoralism. They are nomadic. Men occupy a significant position in the administration of judicial and political liaisons. Women are deemed as children and their viewpoint is required when essential. Half of the Women from the culture remain unmarried not until they hit 30 years. Their taboo for sexual immoral keeps checks and balances. They have a system which is different by eight years apart thus stage 1 which are children, 2- inexperienced men aged 19-33, 3-male political leaders 4-Spiritual elders, 5 - senior elders. No gabbra is entitled to go hungry. They have a Proverbs that announces 'a poor man shames us all.

Apart from these diverse tribes, Marsabit it's also known for its beautiful ecosystem in the heart of a desert. The Marsabit Conservancy.The forest is the only conservation in the region that is manned 24/7 by Kenya Wildlife and Forestry rangers. It's the only hope for rainfall and a source of water in the region due to the harsh climate. The trees break wind and shack to thousands of birds, primates, and reptiles. The intentions of the Ecological Management Programme emphasize assuring that the habitats are not diminished and all biological alliances are conserved precisely thus concentrating on conservation of Canopy Forest, Woodland and Shrubland/Scrubland, water availability for wildlife, livestock, and the community. It's enhanced through targeting the protection of wetlands and endangered large mammals thus elephants, grevy’s zebra, and large carnivores. Ecological monitoring and research information dissemination are bolstered by targeting all conservancy targets, climate change mitigation, and adaptation measures. The views from the arid and the forest are a phenomenon. It's a destination worth a visit. Marsabit is home to larger tuskers the most famous being Ahmed whose remains are conserved in the National Museum.

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