By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
GLASGOW, UK (ANS) -- Global Minorities Alliance, a human rights organization based in the UK has called for equal rights for the Nubian Community, an ethnic and religious group which settled during the British rule in Kibera.
Kenya's Kiberia is the largest urban slum in Africa.
According to a news release from Shahid Khan, vice-chairperson of Global Minorities Alliance, the Nubian slum dwellers are often victims of injustice, inequality and deprived of basic necessities.
Commenting on the plight of Nubian Community, the Alliance's Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard said in the news release, "We demand equal rights and opportunities for the Nubian community who are denied of their human rights and .. treated as 'outcasts.'"
He added, "We also demand minority status for Nubian Community to Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya."
According to an article by Rachuonyo Duncan for the Think Africa Press, originally from Nuba, a region located along the River Nile in northern Sudan and southern Egypt, many Nubians were brought to Kenya in the early 1890s to serve as soldiers in the British Army.
At the time, the Think Africa Press said, Kenya was under British colonial rule as the British East Africa Protectorate. Accordingly, many Nubians taken to Kenya carried British colonial passports and had birth certificates that stated their nationality as British.
However, the Nubian Community is not included in Kenya's 42 minority groups and is dubbed as "others" by the Kenyan government. This makes the members of Nubian community more vulnerable to all kinds of violation, oppression and injustice.
The population of Nubians is estimated to be between 40,000 to 50,000 according to Kenya's Population and Housing 2009.
According to the Global Minorities Alliance, the members of the Nubian community face multi-faceted socio-economic and political problems which have made them vulnerable to various human rights abuses.
Among other issues, they live in poverty, have high illiteracy, no political leadership, and are voiceless.
The news release said during a recent visit to the Nubian community, the Alliance's Ambassador to Kenya, Anne Misiko held talks with the local Chief Assistant, Mr. Shaban, and other members of the community to discuss the issues faced by the Nubian community.
The Nubian people who originate from Chad and Sudan are spread over various East African Countries due to their involvement with the British Army.
"The slum dwellers that are neglected and forgotten are steeped into poverty and denied of their fundamental human rights which are cause of concern of us," Misiko said in the news release.
She added that the social gulf has been widened between Nubian and other minority members, and less integration and cohesion between members of different groups is detrimental to the overall well being of Kenyan society.
"Lack of public facilities like schools or clean water and gender inequalities are tearing apart the Nubian community who are hopeless about the situation," Misiko continued.
Global Minorities Alliance says it stands in solidarity with the Nubian community and demands their fundamental rights from the Kenyan Government to ensure protection of their lives, better facilities and equality and minority status to the Nubian people.
"We believe every human being has a right to life and we strive for justice, peace and equality for all those who are under-privileged, discriminated, poor and the persecuted," said Bernard in the news release.
Global Minorities Alliance believes that all human beings, regardless of their color, creed, race, religion or gender, should be treated as equals.