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Samburu Rites of Passage: Becoming Man & Wife

Story 2 – Sammy is a Quaker pastor, 32 years old, now a student at Friends Theological College.  He met his partner Damaris 7 years ago while working as a research assistant 120 km from home; they were introduced by his … Continue reading

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Samburu Rites of Passage: Beading, Female and Male Circumcision

The Samburu, a subdivision of Masais living in the semi-arid North Central Laikipia, are very community minded with several practices that foster cohesion.   There is a circumcision ritual Muratare e Layiok about every 14-15 years; all older boys not in the … Continue reading

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Susan Lenantare

I met Susan when we went to tryouts for the Kenyan participants to the British Queen’s jubilee.  She was wearing typical Samburu dress and very self-possessed radiating a simple serene presence. My last trip to the bush, I went with … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Jubilee

On returning from the field and camping, Shanni, the program director invited me to go Naro Maru Lodge, near Mt Kenya to the tryouts for the Kenyan participants to the British Queen’s jubilee in May. Through a connection with a … Continue reading

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Access to Family Planning

What an adventure – what amazing work I am seeing and participating in. I returned day before yesterday from 10 days out in the field, camping first at a campsite on a large mzungu (white) ranch, then at the district … Continue reading

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