Turkana County, Kenya, 2016. Turkana people have been nomads for generations, walking their cattle long distances and often across borders seeking for better grassland. Once the benefits of being settled have become more attractive to Turkana people, there has been a shift from a pastoralist community to a settled society. However, this change has been challenged by different issues, from water provision, to shelter and self-sustainability. The land of Turkana is very difficult for settlers, from water and food scarcity, to disasters such as flood and erosion. But this has not stopped Turkana people from building their own
settlements and cope with the challenges of being settled. Today, Turkana is a very well governed county, with high ambition to achieve urbanization, despite the rough climatic conditions.
This book illustrates a settled community of Turkana people, already at the 3rd or 4th generation of lifestyle shift. Through a workshop with Turkana Youth, UN-Habitat has conducted a two folded exercise: on one hand a youth group was led to discover elements of being settled as a community, through exploring typologies of living space and livelihood, elements of sustainability and self-reliance but on the other hand, the workshop provided valuable skill training in the art of photography.
The workshop is a component of a UN-Habitat project funded by The People of Japan, exploring livelihoods of Turkana people and providing proper spatial planning for adequate service provision in a number of human settlements in Turkana County, Kenya. The selected images provided though the workshop have as authors Turkana Youth. The image series showcase what means being settled for a small Turkana community from the youth`s perception, and the innovative way the people have been
able to build a human settlement for themselves and for future generations.