KENYA: HIV/Aids Forest Evictees Struggle for ARVs

Wesley Kipkoech, 21, may be illiterate and speak only his native Ndorobo tongue, but he understands all too well that if he does not have regular access to his HIV medication, he is likely to die.

Kipkoech is one of hundreds of internally displaced people living on the edges of the Mau Forest Complex in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province after the government began evicting them in 2009, in a bid to rehabilitate the forest after decades of farming, charcoal burning and other harmful activities.

An estimated 30,000 people have been affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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