Gender, Sex & Sexuality: KENYA | Escape: Raid and Rescue

Acting on a tip from an informant, Narok district police officers raid a village in search of a young girl ready for circumcision. According to tradition, a girl has to be circumcised in order to become a woman and be fit to marry. Since a girl cannot be married off unless she is undergoes the rite of passage to womanhood, circumcision goes hand in hand with early marriage. Since 2001, early marriage and female circumcision were banned in Kenya, though the practice quietly continues mostly in the remote parts of Maasai land.
Raid and Rescue, Oldonyo Narasha

Acting on a tip from an informant, Narok district police officers raid a village in search of a young girl ready for circumcision. According to tradition, a girl has to be circumcised in order to become a woman and be fit to marry. Since a girl cannot be married off unless she is undergoes the rite of passage to womanhood, circumcision goes hand in hand with early marriage. Since 2001, early marriage and female circumcision were banned in Kenya, though the practice quietly continues mostly in the remote parts of Maasai land.