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KENYA: Instead Of Glory, Girls In Tarime Find Blood And Ashes

They came from all angles, clad in new attires as they longed to undergo a ritual that was supposed to change their lives for the better. The numerous girls had heard from their playmates that once they underwent that particular tradition, things would change for the better with lots of cash, food to eat and all they could hope for.

Poor them, if only they knew, they would have not longed for the event for instead of glory they found blood and ashes. Welcome, to the most horrifying ordeal of girls in Tarime, a district endowed with plenty but overshadowed by its ruthless act of mutilating girls for the sake of pride.

It was a blue Monday where everyone else was moving with their daily activities, but to me and my fellow journalists sent by the Legal and Human Rights (LHRC), the day was another test as we embarked on a crusade to probe on reports that at least 5,000 girls were to become mutilated in Tarime within December 2010 alone.

They came from all angles, clad in new attires as they longed to undergo a ritual that was supposed to change their lives for the better. The numerous girls had heard from their playmates that once they underwent that particular tradition, things would change for the better with lots of cash, food to eat and all they could hope for.

Poor them, if only they knew, they would have not longed for the event for instead of glory they found blood and ashes. Welcome, to the most horrifying ordeal of girls in Tarime, a district endowed with plenty but overshadowed by its ruthless act of mutilating girls for the sake of pride.

It was a blue Monday where everyone else was moving with their daily activities, but to me and my fellow journalists sent by the Legal and Human Rights (LHRC), the day was another test as we embarked on a crusade to probe on reports that at least 5,000 girls were to become mutilated in Tarime within December 2010 alone.

SOURCE: IIP Media

AUTHOR: Rose Mwalongo

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DATE: 17/12/2010

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