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Samburu Girl-Child Beading - A Silent Secrifice

This documentary highlights silent human rights violations against young girls and women in the Samburu community. The practice known as “beading,” can briefly be described as a community-sanctioned, non-marital sexual relationship between Samburu men in the “warrior” age group, and young Samburu girls who are not yet eligible to be married.

Samburu girl-child beading has remained one of the major cultural practices influencing the spread of HIV among the Samburu community of Kenya and a leading factor that denies girls primary formal education. The practice involves engagement of girls to old male relatives, sometimes old enough to be their fathers by use of the traditional attire popularly referred to as beads. This therefore becomes “qualified incest” in the Samburu culture.

The main objective of the documentary is to raise awareness among indigenous people, civil society, national human rights institutions, Government institutions and the general public with the view of enhancing self-determination and human rights for indigenous rural girls and women in Samburu.

Executive producer: Jane Meriwas
Producer: Mwangi Ndirangu
Camera: Titus Ndirangu
Narration: S. Mona
Editor: Wycliffe Ombati


Publisher: Samburu Women Trust and IWGIA

2012 December
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