Samburu County, Northen Kenya. For decades pastoralists in Kenya have grazed their herds in parts of Laikipia County, traveling long distances from regions like Samburu. But today parts of Northern Kenya have been drastically affected by drought, forcing pastoralists to move cattle herds to greener pastures, sometimes into private ranches and conservancy's. Combine this with an influx of weapons, land issues, modern luxuries like cell phones, upcoming elections, and we see more violent land conflict than in past years.
Due to the ongoing drought and disease brought on by illegal cattle herds, thousands of wildebeast have reportedly died on and near Mugie Conservancy in Laikipia County, Kenya.
Simon, 13, stands near his families farm in Kinamba, Laikipia County, Kenya, on June 12, 2017. Simon was violently beaten while his Aunt was raped, when Pokot raiders, in the middle of the night, invaded and ransacked their home as Pokot herders continue to occupy areas of Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy.
Hannah Njeri stands outside her small shop in Kinamba, Laikipia County, Kenya on June 12, 2017. The week before, Njeri's shop was ransacked by Pokot raiders in the night who have been illegally grazing in the nearby Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy.
A cow carcass sits against a brush after dying of a lack of water and food on Sosian Ranch in Laikipia County, Kenya. Since last year, thousands of illegal cattle grazers from Baringo and Samburu counties have invaded ranches and conservancy's in search of grass, in a politically driven conflict for land and resources.
Martin Evans, Chairman of the Laikipia Farmer's Association, checks fuel levels on his small plane before taking flight to monitor illegal cattle grazers at his ranch, Ol Maisor, on June 13, 2017.
Laikipia police assist local ranchers in rounding up cattle found illegally grazing on Ol Maisor Ranch in Laikipia County on June 17, 2017.
Young Samburu morans, or warriors, walk with their cattle while grazing in Isiolo County, Kenya. Over the past year, thousands of cattle have crossed ino Laikipia County, often illegally grazing in private ranch lands and conservancy's, fueling a politically driven conflict for land and resources in Northern Kenya.
Many villages have been affected by the drought on Kenya, especially in Northern Counties like Samburu, Baringo and Isiolo. Because of this many cattle keepers have taken their herds to the Laikipia plateau, where a tense battle over resources, politics, and land is playing out.
Hundreds of wildebeasts and other animals have been affected by disease and violence by invading cattle herders in Laikipia County since last year. On Mugie Conservancy, multiple elephants were impacted by the violence.