• Daniel Kobei

Indigenous Resilience During COVID-19

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How the Ogiek Community in Kenya Relies on Indigenous Herbs and Traditional Medicines

Ogiek herbalist displaying traditional medicinal herbs.   ©OPDP
Ogiek herbalist displaying traditional medicinal herbs. ©OPDP

The ancient, forest-dwelling Ogiek community of Kenya is famed for its cultural practices, such as beekeeping and using nature for healing illnesses and injuries.


The 2020 emergence of COVID-19 posed a serious potential threat to the world’s communities—and it did not bypass the Ogiek people, who live across six counties in Kenya in the 400,000-hectare (1,544-square mile) Mau forest complex.