Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Josephine Kulea was 9 years old, every other week, one of her classmates would stop coming to school. One by one they were first circumcised and then married off to men more than 30 to 40 years older than them, many of whom were already married to other women. Kulea was somewhat fortunate. Though she was circumcised in preparation for marriage, she had the support of her mother, who championed her education and resisted family pressure to marry her off at a young age. Kulea has since helped create the @SamburuGirlsFoundation, which rescues girls escaping traditional practices, such as child marriage and female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C). “[Our work] is very difficult, because there is no political will or support,” said Kulea, noting that even though the law supports her efforts, the very traditional community adamantly resists any change in these rituals. Earlier this year, Kenya became the 19th country to join the African Union's Campaign to End Child Marriage, which aims to speed up change across Africa by encouraging governments to develop strategies to raise awareness of child marriage and address it’s harmful repercussions. Since then, the effort has attracted a burgeoning roster of child advocates, from government officials and religious authorities to traditional leaders and former child brides—all committed to serving as champions of change in Africa.
I just read this young girl sad story made me cry to hear this young girl can never have children because of their being someone who did this to her will have to answer to G.O.D. one day for their own cruel sin!!
Can I be her friend? I want to be her friend.
Thank You for caring.
My heartbreaks but atleast she chose to be an advocate and not a victim.She is beautiful.I am so proud to be a brown woman.Blessings to all the real suffering in everypart, of the world,by every man and woman,in the sea and on land.God knows what their doing in space.I pray it helps enhance our lives,on earth.