Mount Elgon insurgency

The Mount Elgon insurgency was a conflict that started in 2005 when the Sabaot Land Defence Force militia revolted in the Mount Elgon area, Western Kenya.[3]

Mount Elgon insurgency
Mount Elgon
Date2006 – March 2008
Status Kenyan Victory
Sabaot Land Defence Force Military of Kenya
Casualties and losses
c. 600 killed[1]
46,000 displaced[2]


In the 1920s and the 1930s, British Kenya has displaced many native Sabaots in the modern-day Trans-Nzoia County. Most of their arable lands were given to new settlers, who became farmers in the area.[4] The Kenyan Government gave later in the 1960s a 7,700-hectare (19,000-acre) amount of land to landless families after its independence in 1963 from the UK.[5]

The InsurgencyEdit

Reportedly, local church elders know of 200 people who have gone missing since being arrested; about 1,500 have been formally charged.[6]


  1. ^ Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch (2008-04-02). "Kenya: Army and Rebel Militia Commit War Crimes in Mt. Elgon (Human Rights Watch, 3-4-2008)". Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  2. ^ "UNICEF condemns continuing violence in Mount Elgon". UNICEF. 13 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Dozens killed in Kenyan 'genocide'". ITN. Retrieved 2010-05-01.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "All the Men Have Gone War Crimes in Kenya's Mt. Elgon Conflict". Human Right Watch. 27 July 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ "The Statesman: News: 60 Killed in Kenya Land Clashes". The Statesman Online. 8 February 2007. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ Opala, Ken (2009-03-09). "Mountain of the missing: Villages wait". Daily Nation (16094). pp. 4–5.

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