Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya: A Human Rights Alert
A disturbing 2010 study reveals that every year more than three million African girls are at risk of experiencing Female Genital Mutilation. FGM, traditionally known as circumcision, is used to describe a variety of surgical procedures, ranging in severity, that are performed on the genitals of women and girls in many parts of the world. Despite being outlawed throughout Africa the practice continues, especially among many of the continent’s rural tribes. The World Health Organization estimates that about 130 million women and girls worldwide, some as young as nine years of age, undergo some form of female circumcision. Those communities that still engage in FGM despite its illegality view the practice as a way of life, rooted in years of cultural tradition. Major Multimedia tells the story of the Maasai people, a tribe that is among the poorest in Kenya. Maasai girls, with limited access to formal education, are isolated from the worldwide controversy surrounding FGM and the forced early marriage that follows.
As Pastor Thom and Michelle Starke discuss, the practice of FGM creates serious health risks. Educating Maasai families on alternatives to FGM is the key to eradicating the practice without disrupting their cultural values.
Female Genital Mutilation · humanitarian photography · indigenous tribe · Kenya · Maasai · Matanya's Hope · travel