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"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it" — Maya Angelou
"You're not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth, and raging courage" — Alex Elle
"I will never understand why it is more shameful to be raped than to be a rapist" —Anita Kanitz
Sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment, rape culture connected with child molestation and child rape is everywhere. If we don't stand up against injustice and violence, then we stand for noting!
Gang rape , Child rape., sex slavery, FGM, forced and child marriages, marital rapes, sexual torture and murder done by husbands, army mass rape for example Kenya:
In Kenya, traditional beads that bring suffering for girls!
The Samburu tribe in Kenya is known throughout the country for its lavish beaded adornments. The tribe is poor, so these pieces of jewelry are quite valuable to the community. But their significance isn't just monetary.
In one tradition of the Samburu, a male family member will place these beads around the neck of a young girl in the tribe. According to tradition, the man is then permitted to have sex with the girl. It is something that has gone on for as long as the people of the Samburu tribe can remember. And stories of hidden pregnancies, and violent abortions aren't uncommon in this part of the country.
David McKenzie went to visit the Samburu with an activist who is working to stop this practice.
A Kenyan activist called for an end to the "evil and horrendous" sexual enslavement of children among northern pastoralist communities, a practice that often leads to unwanted pregnancies, forced abortions and infanticide.
In a tradition known as "beading", men from the Samburu and Rendille communities give young girls large red bead necklaces that effectively books them for sex, said Josephine Kulea who runs the Samburu Girls Foundation to rescue girls at risk.
Girls are usually aged 8 to 12 when they are beaded and taken out of school, she said. If they become pregnant they are often forced to have abortions, risking their lives and fertility. Any babies are taken away and even killed.
"It's wrong, it's evil. The girls have no choice. It's sexual enslavement and a violation of the child's rights," said Kulea on the sidelines of the Trust Women conference on women's rights and trafficking run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"Some girls when they refuse to accept the necklace are beaten up. Some girls die during crude abortions," added Kulea, 30, who has received death threats for her work to end beading, child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Although FGM is illegal in Kenya, it is almost universal among the Samburu community who see it as a pre-requisite for marriage. Early marriage is also common.
Kulea, whose work was praised by President Barack Obama during a visit to Kenya in July, said her foundation had rescued 1,000 girls since 2012 and put them in boarding schools around the country. Her dream is to build her own school.
Kenya has good child protection laws but they are poorly enforced, Kulea said, adding that local politicians were too scared to speak out for fear of losing votes.
"Beading is declining but not at the rate we would like. It's just horrendous. You cannot believe it is happening in the 21st century," said Kulea, who grew up seeing many friends and family members beaded.
Six years ago Kulea had her uncle arrested for trying to marry off her two cousins aged 10 and seven.
"My uncle was put in prison. The elders were furious because they said I was interfering with my culture and they put a curse on me - it was meant to kill me," said Kulea, wearing her traditional dress, including bold, colourful bead earrings, collar and headband and a red and black check shawl.
"I've also had death threats, but it just makes me want to do more," added Kulea, who rescues girls aided by the police.
The foundation uses community radio to increase awareness of harmful practices and works with religious leaders, community leaders and schools, believing education is the solution.
"If girls go to school they can learn the harmful effects of what they are going through and say no. They can get better jobs and provide a better future for their own children," she said.
Rescuing Child Brides in Kenya from the Clutches of Evil:
Between 10 to 14 years old, young girls usually have big dreams and actively work hard to join good high schools and further their education, in a bid to better their life. Reality for girls from Samburu, a county in northern Kenya, looks much different. At the age of 10 years, and sadly sometimes even younger, a Samburu girl is prepared for marriage to be the second, third, or even fourth wife to a man who is often the same age as her father and in some cases grandfather. These young girls are married off in exchange for just eight cows, which is given to the girl’s father and uncles as a bride price.
On July 7, 2015, following a partnership with Josephine Kulea of the Samburu Girls’ Foundation, the East African Centre for Law and Justice (EACLJ) staff travelled to Samburu County to rescue two young girls from such a fate. When we arrived, one of the girls, just 13 years old, had already been married off to the area chief, who is a 53-year-old man. The second girl was scheduled to be married off just four days later.
It is important to note that when a girl is married in the Samburu traditional culture, she is forced on the morning of the ceremony to undergo the gruesome practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), an act that is against the law in Kenya. She is then handed over to her new “husband.” (handed over to sexual torture and painful longlife sex slavery and a early painful death during underaged forced childbirths, forced barbaric rape and many injuries during sexual torture and domestic violence). These customs are a paradise for sadists, perverts and evil monsters.
Unfortunately, the young girl forcibly married to the chief had already undergone FGM and was living with the chief. ON July 8, 2015, with the help of Mararal Police, we rescued this young girl. As a result, the police detained her “husband”, the area chief. She was later taken to hospital for a medical checkup, where the doctors determined she suffered from anemia due to loss of blood during the FGM process.
The following day, the chief was arraigned in court and charged with marrying an underage girl and aiding in the FGM of the young girl. He pleaded not guilty and the court handed him a 700,000 shillings bond, plus a surety of the same amount. The case was proceed in August 2015.
The second girl was to be mutilated on the following morning and therefore had to act fast and reach the place before the marriage ceremony took place. It was possible to rescue her on July 10, 2015, a day before her intended wedding and FMG ceremony. Thankfully, this young girl’s extremely brave and caring brother assisted in her rescue by hiding her from their father and bringing her to the District Officer’s (D.O.) office to wait for the team.
Both girls are now in a private and secure school where they will be cared for and provided educational opportunities. Despite their past traumas, there is the hope and believe they will now be able to dream of a future full of opportunity. The EACLJ is ready to continue being part of the rescue missions and help save the girls of Samburu, one at a time.
To date, Josephine Kulea of the Samburu Girls Foundation has managed to save over 200 girls from early marriages, beading, and FGM. To do this she relies on good will from family members and neighbors who report such cases to her before and after they happen. These rescues are complicated by poor roads and poor communication networks in Samburu County. Culturally, such rescues are viewed as betrayals of local customs and traditions. Yet, the EACLJ is committed to partnering with Josephine Kulea and the Samburu Girls Foundation to rescue more girls, ensuring that each girl is given a chance to dream.
50+ Years of Rape of Samburu Women, Kenya by British Army:
For more than fifty years, England has maintained military training facilities in the Samburu region of its former colony, Kenya. During this period, women in the area have faced an epidemic of rape. Women from the Samburu, Massai, Rendile and Turkana indigenous communities have filed more than 600 official rape claims against British soldiers. Yet, despite documentation of their claims, a three-year internal investigation by the Royal Military Police (RMP) cleared all soldiers of wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the victims have been shamed and outcast in their communities, many to the point of exile. In the mid-1990s, Beatrice Chili responded to this situation by establishing the village of Senchen, a self-sufficient community run entirely by women. There, women build homes, weave textiles, gather and grow food, and raise children. This short film visits the brave women of Senchen, who speak candidly about their suffering and talk passionately about their demands for justice.
Karamas Walebutunui says she was always scared of the British soldiers stationed near her remote tribal village in northern Kenya. Stories abounded of soldiers raping the pastoralist Masai women as they herded sheep and goats through the vast grasslands. Then, about 10 years ago, Walebutunui claims, her fears came true.
“I saw the men coming and I started running away but then they started emerging from the bush,” recalled Walebutunui, ruffs of red, yellow and black beads wrapped around her neck and looped through her stretched earlobes. “I tried to scream and cry but there was no one to help me. When they got hold of me, five men raped me. That’s all I remember.”
Walebutunui is one of approximately 600 women from the nomadic Masai and Samburu tribes who have recently come forward alleging they were raped over a period of 30 years by British soldiers on rotation in northern Kenya for training exercises.
After years of living silently with their claims, the women are now preparing to file the equivalent of a class-action against the British Army. They have hired Martyn Day, a British solicitor who recently won a $7.4 million settlement for more than 230 residents of the Dol Dol region maimed by live munitions left by Britain’s armed forces.
During a recent visit to Dol Dol, a dusty village without electricity or paved roads, Day said he took the women’s case once he determined that there were enough medical records, police reports and transcripts to support some of the allegations and to prove the British army’s negligence in failing to stop the attacks.
In at least eight instances, reports of the alleged rapes were made to the British army, Day said. And a transcript of a meeting held in 1983 indicates that tribal chiefs approached British military officers with the accusations. The rapes, however, allegedly continued for nearly two more decades.Standing before 300 Masai women, their vibrant wraps and beads creating a sea of orange and red under the bright Kenyan sun, Day said he would relish the chance to try their case against the British Army.
“I think it is so absolutely appalling what the British Army has done that I would love to see them in the witness box defending their position,” said Day.
Maj. Rachel Grimes, a spokesperson for the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police, said the British military was investigating the crimes and is “treating the allegations very seriously.” She declined to discuss specific findings of the investigation or to discuss the army’s response to the accusations.
If the British army fails to respond to the claims by the fall, Day said he would proceed with the lawsuit. In the meantime, he is evaluating the hundreds of allegations that have poured out from villages located near the training grounds.
One of those villages, Archer’s Post, is accessible only be a dirt road that stretches through expansive reserves of elephants and impala. Here, more than 200 claimants say the British hunted them like animals.Haliwa Milgo, a Muslim resident of this predominantly Christian Samburu village, says she was raped 20 years ago while washing clothes in the river.
As three soldiers approached her and her young niece, two wooed the child with biscuits while the third pulled her 300 feet and tackled her to the ground, she says. With her face pushed against the dirt, Milgo, now 42, says she was raped from behind.
After the alleged attack, Milgo says rumors spread through the town. When her father, a devout Muslim from Somalia, heard of what happened, Milgo said he was too ashamed to go to the authorities.
“In this clan, a girl is not supposed to go with any man. She is supposed to stay with the family until she is married,” said Milgo, who was unable to marry because of the stigma of the alleged rape.
Nine months later Milgo gave birth to a mixed race boy. He, too, has faced difficulties. Kids in school mockingly called him “mzungu,” or white person. He has had a hard time finding work to raise the money for a university education.
Although Milgo and many of the other alleged victims attribute their hardships to the rapes, proving a large proportion of these cases so many years later will be difficult. Milgo only has the testimony of her family and a man who supposedly witnessed the attack to substantiate her claims.
DNA testing to identify her son’s father would be nearly impossible since Milgo admits that she would have a hard time picking out the suspected man from all the soldiers who pass through Archer’s Post in a given year.
“To me, these people look alike. I can’t distinguish one from the other,” said Milgo of the British.
Women Form Independent Village
Whatever the outcome of the lawsuit, the alleged rapes appear to have shaken up life in these villages in more ways than one.
Rebecca Samaria, a women’s rights activist in Archer’s Post, says she spent years complaining about the alleged rapes to the all-male Samburu chiefs. But they barely listened.
As the rapes allegedly continued, husbands walked out on their wives, taking the family’s precious cows and any other valuable possessions, as is their right in Samburu culture.In response, Samaria, 38, started an independent village in 1990 where 25 abandoned and impoverished women now live and work. Today, the women support the humble collective of mud and dung huts by pooling their resources. They sell beaded jewelry and run a campsite and cultural center for tourists. The proceeds have been used to establish a primary school and to send a couple of children to a university.
In the safe haven of the collective, the women also debate issues such as female genital mutilation and domestic violence, an accepted part of Samburu tradition.
“We have decided to start the group to uplift our lives,” said Samaria, the sound of women singing in Samburu and dancing echoing through the camp. “These days the women are coming up very nicely and taking care of their families and making their family to be strong.”
Now, Samaria hopes, the lawsuit will help to deliver a modicum of justice, too.
Jennifer Friedlin, a journalist based in New York, recently traveled to Africa to report on women’s lives there.
Petition to the British Government demanding justice & compensation.
For more information:
In Kenya, the British army stands accused of systematic abuses The Guardian July 5, 2003
Women’s eNews, April 1, 2002: – “Rape Is Prominent Issue in Kenya Elections”
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