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Thursday, May 12, 2011

i had NO idea this was happening

i did know in some cultures grrrls did get offered up. i didn't know to what extent. once again; property, chattel, less than human.


http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/05/11/kenya.children.beading/>Activist battles Kenyan tradition of rape 'beading'

By David McKenzie, CNN
Isiolo, Kenya (CNN) -- "Josephine" is 12 years old and several months pregnant.
She's a member of the Samburu tribe, living in a small village in a remote part of Isiolo in Kenya's Eastern Province. The pre-teen, whose identity is being protected, claims she had sex with a relative -- a rape sanctioned by the Samburu, through a practice called "beading."
Intricate beaded necklaces are a symbol of the Kenyan nation. But to young Samburu girls, the necklaces are a symbol not of national pride, but something much darker, that can lead to rape, unwanted pregnancies -- and even the deaths of newborns, according to activist Josephine Kulea and the Samburu tribe itself.
In "beading," a close family relative will approach a girl's parents with red Samburu beads and place the necklace around the girl's neck.


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