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Life in the Maasai village is very much centralized around the rearing of livestock and very much referred to as pastoralism. Among the Maasai’s, the cattle are a symbol of wealth, pride, status and source of livelihoods. The importance of their livestock is reflected in the way their cattle are protected from wild animals within an enclosure.

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There has always been a misconception in the corridors of conversations among the youth that the legal arm of the government (police) is out to get them. This myth has created tension between the two groups (youth and police) making the system come off as an opaque entity that does not accommodate rehabilitation. A false case.

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Each morning is the same for Amani Weso a 23-year-old father of one living in Mtongwe, Likoni Sub-County. He goes to the mosque at 5:20 am and by 5:45 am-together with his fellow fishermen, they assemble their boats by the ocean ready to catch some fish. He never breaks the morning routine because fishing is his main source of income. However, this was not always the case.

Amani’s journey to be a fisherman has been a tough one. He has battled with the law and was a constant security threat to those who knew him.

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 Pastoralists are known for seasonal movement as a part of their cultural tradition as herders of cattle, goats and camels. For many years they are used to making a living from their livestock. However, the dramatic changes in weather patterns that has resulted in an increase of prolonged drought is acting as a threat to their livelihoods. As a result of the climatic changes, more and more people from Kulan pastoralist community are forced to abandon their normal routine and embrace new tactics of survival.

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