Aden Ibrahim, born in 1985 in Sangailu village, Garissa County, comes from a nomadic culture where his father is one of the wealthiest villagers with over 500 livestock. Because of herding engagements in his childhood, he did not attend school. However, he wasn’t willing to herd for long, and as such he escaped from his father’s homestead to spearhead charcoal burning in Gedilun village for almost seven years. In 2013, HCP identified him as one of the people destroying habitat for wildlife. Subsequently, we recruited him as a ranger.
Although illiterate he has worked with us for the last 3 years and has risen through the ranks. Today he is the Manager of Rewamo Conservancy (formally Sangailu) established and overseen by the HCP. He leads a team of 12 local rangers in the Conservancy, where amongst his great achievements is the recent discovery of the previously unknown population of Oribi antelope. Further, because of their patrols, a total of 90 hirolas were counted recently within the conservancy.
The Conservancy is located very close to the Somalia border, where his team operate under extreme fear from the dreaded Al-shabab terror group that has active cells in this area. For example, Alshabab attacked police stations in Ijara town (just 30km south of his scout post), destroying properties. Despite these challenges, Aden continues to mentor youths to join conservation and has recruited a dozen of them who would otherwise be vulnerable to drugs, terrorism and cattle rustling activities. Aden is hopeful about the future where he aims to expand habitat for wildlife (a problem he contributed to in the past).