Yabicho Farming Project

 

Inter-clan disputes between the Degodia and Garre tribes of Mandera County plagued the period from 2010 to 2015 in Kenya. This conflict claimed countless lives and led to livestock raiding and property destruction. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and Interpeace, recognising the urgent need for a ceasefire, initiated inter community dialogues within the conflict between the Garre and Degodia clans. These dialogues brought together a diverse group of individuals, under the guidance of a remarkable woman named Zahara Bashir Ali. Zahara, a member of the Board for the Network for Peace, Cohesion, and Heritage (NEPCOH) and an active participant in Interpeace’s Kenya Programme working group, processed a vision that transcended the conflict. When the Degodia clan proposed using her farm as a meeting ground for the two communities, Zahara saw an opportunity to unite the two communities.