Am I stateless because I am a nomad?

Published: 1/Apr/2009
Source: Forced Migration Review

By Ekuru Aukot

As a pastoralist from Turkana, who am I and where are my nationality and citizenship?

I hail from the Ateker nation, an Itung’a-speaking group, bound by ethno-linguistic ties and practising nomadic pastoralism as our main livelihood activity. The Ateker inhabit the borderland area straddling four countries – Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

They occupy the peripheral semi-arid and arid borders of their respective nation-states and are arguably the most marginalised peoples there. This is also one of the most conflict-prone zones in the Horn and East Africa region, with both intra- and inter-ethnic conflicts with other Ateker groups and non-Ateker neighbouring communities. The zone also suffers from weak or absent state institutions.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Statelessness
Regions: East Africa, Kenya
Year: 2009