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Tradition Defies Law - 12 Nov 2014 - Sort by:
Tradition Defies Law - 12 Nov 2014
Reuters photographer Siegfried Modola gained access to a circumcision ceremony in rural Kenya for young girls of the Pokot tribe, in Baringo County.
The traditional practice of circumcision is a rite of passage that marks the transition to womanhood and is a requirement for all girls of the tribe before they marry.
More than a quarter of girls and women in Kenya have undergone genital cutting, according to United Nations data. Despite a government ban on the life-threatening practice since 2011, the long-standing tradition remains a rite of passage for girls, particularly among poor families...
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Marigat, Kenya
Pokot girls walk towards their homes prior to the beginning of their circumcision ceremony in a village about 80 kilometres from the town of Marigat in Baringo County, Kenya, October 16, 2014. The traditional practice of circumcision within the Pokot tribe is a rite of passage that marks the transition to womanhood and is a requirement for all girls before they marry. More than a quarter of girls and women in Kenya have undergone genital cutting, according to United Nations data. Despite a government ban on the life-threatening practice since 2011, the long-standing tradition remains a rite of passage, particularly among poor families in rural areas. Picture taken October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Pokot girls stand outside one of the girl's homes prior... more
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Pokot girls wait together in a home before their circumcision... more
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A Pokot woman falls into a trance after drinking a... more
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Members of the Pokot tribe gather round a fire before... more
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Pokot girls sit inside a hut during their circumcision... more
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Pokot women and children rest by a fire during the... more
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Pokot women place stones where girls will be seated... more
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Pokot girls are encouraged to leave their hut and make... more
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Pokot girls are encouraged to leave their hut and make... more
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Pokot girls run from their hut and make their way to... more
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Pokot girls, draped in animal skins, sit on rocks during... more
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A Pokot girl cries after being circumcised in a village... more
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A Pokot woman holds a razor blade after performing... more
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A Pokot girl is smeared with a white paint after being... more
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A Pokot girl bleeds onto a rock after being circumcised... more
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A Pokot girl, covered in animal skins, walks to a place... more
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Pokot girls, covered in animal skins, walk to a place... more
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A Pokot girl, covered in animal skins, walks to a place... more
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