Liberation for Samburu Women Begins with a Song


If a Samburu girl in northern Kenya marries before she has been ‘cut’ (circumcised), tradition dictates that her family must create a small opening in the fence around the village, and the disgraced girl is asked to leave through the hole.

Once she is gone, the opening is patched up, and she is forgotten forever.

In Kenya, female genital cutting (FGC)––the ritual removal of the external parts of a woman’s genitalia––is illegal, yet nearly 100 percent of the women in northern Kenya’s remote Samburu communities are circumcised, often by crude and informal means, when they are young girls.

FGC causes many physical and emotional problems for these women, but the effects of the practice extend way beyond the trauma of the girls who are forced to go under the blade. If they survive the process, once circumcised, sexual intercourse becomes unpleasant for both men and women in the relationship, leading to polygamous marriages. Men often have to travel in search of work, and as a result, the HIV virus is now spreading into the Samburu communities at an alarming rate.

A lyric for change

It is market day in Ngutuk Ongiron, a rural village in the Westgate Samburu community in northern —> Read More Here


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