Tuesday, April 19, 2016

For my 10 years in Conservation, while delivering services to the People of Garissa County, traveling from terrain to train, getting stuck in the mud, sitting down with the communities, the long stories and tales from our elder not forgetting the usual camel milk and the evening tea. The biggest treasure that I have come across is the beautiful names of our towns. The long maintained tradition and culture that has never changed. If you have never known this, you really need to know it today. Just imagine of how lovely they are and named after natural resources. From wildlife, to plants to even rocks. Very touching names. Indeed this is for the love of Nature. Our Communities are Conservationists. They take care of the environment. To each and every member of this great county who has taken the responsibility to ensure that our tree and other resources are safe, may you be blessed. The weather we are enjoying and the clean air is because of your enthusiasm and courage to stand up for our resources. And to those who have come up with these names, we are proud of you. For the honour of each and every person who has given these names, I will make sure that all these towns are branded and marketed and that the whole world is aware. With each town and the natural resources that is available documented. Just to mention our beautiful landscapes, our culture that has never changed, our wildlife and many more. I have shared with some of the local names and some of the scientific names that I could manage to get. To begin with, Garissa comes from the tree (Garas- Dobera glabra), Abakdera (Tall Acacias), Garasweino – The big Dobera glabra), Ohiyo, Kamuthe, Bura, Balambala (Balambal), Shanta Abaq – Five Acacias, Kulan - balanites aegyptiaca, Abakaile- Acacias, Libahlow – Lions, Danyere- (Danyer)- Monkeys, Hadley - Vultures, Qoni, Atheyley- Salvadora persica, Hagadera- (Hagar-dera- Tall Commiphora Africana), Dagahley – Rocks, Elan- Henna tree- Lawsonia inermis). Damajale – Commiphora candidula , Labisigale - Dusty Baobab, Waberi- Sunrise, Galbet- Galab- Evening Sunset, Mathagesi- Head of a Buffalo and finally Boni- The indiginous Somali community - The Hunters and the Gatherers. Our County is such a beautiful place to see, travel, discover and tell the world. It is enough to explore and toured. #TembeaGarissa

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