The Evils of Our beautiful Samburu traditions in Kenya.

The Samburu are among the Maa speaking community in Kenya. The other two are Maasai and the Njemps of Lake Baringo. The Njemps are also called the illchamus. The three tribes have one synonymous similarity. They are adorned with beautiful beadwork. This portrays a beautiful side of their culture. Many visitors to these communities always admire the amazing and colorful beadwork. Infact most of us appreciate this art work by buying this beadwork.
However in the Samburu community it’s not all a bed of roses.

The Samburu live in the northern part of Kenya. They area is arid and dry rugged country. The Samburu lives in small communities. These are similar to the Maasai Manyatta.  They practice pastoralism. Everyone adorns the beautiful beaded necklaces, belts and head gears. However beads here are used as a sigh of engagement to young girls. Unfortunately young girls as young as 6 years are engaged to young men or Samburu Morans as they are called. This art is called beading. Unfortunately the men can be as close as being their relatives. The deep culture has been there since time in memorial. However it has not been spoken about. This is a form of temporary engagement for the girl. A sign that no one else can talk about marriage to that girl. The most unfortunate thing is that those men can do with the girls whatever they want. The cultures allow that the men can have sex with the girls. However they girls are NOT allowed to get pregnant. The darker side of the story is that they are no readily available preventive measures here. They infants are therefore neglected, starved to death, killed or given away. It is taboo in Samburu to marry if you kept a baby from beading. Therefore most of the young girls who get such babies are an outcast of the community.

Samburu Moran

In such a community, we find many girls suffering for undergoing crude abortion methods. Others suffer fistula. Other girls are traumatized for life out of killing their babies or loosing them to other people. In this era of AID and STDs a lot needs to be done to curb such vices. It is one of the community that has a lot of philanthropic initiatives. These are some of the old cultures that should be put to a halt. The beads are beautiful, They should be just be beautiful beads.


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