Wanderlust Wednesday – Deep in Conversation in Umoja, Kenya

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This is a picture of two ladies from the Samburu tribe, who are closely related to the Masaai. This village is called Umoja, it’s located on the banks of the Uaso River in Samburu National Park, Kenya. What was unusual about this village, is that it was only made up of women and children.

The Samburu women have endured a lot through the years. To the males in the tribe, the women have always been second class citizens, with little access to education, suffering the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriages and regular beatings. It is even reported that over 1000 Samburu women were raped by British soldiers in the 1980’s, and then shunned by their husbands and left to fend for themselves.

In the early 1990’s, a group of the Samburu women decided to break away from the oppression they faced on a daily basis and they formed their own village. The women work as a cooperative, selling their jewellery to passing tourists. They have since inspired other women to do the same.

What they were talking about, I’ll never know. But it was beautiful to see two such strong women embroiled in a deep conversation.


This Wanderlust Wednesday is brought to you by Helen, an adventure junkie, in love with the world, writes the blog, Helen in Wonderlust. She writes about her travels near and far (especially Africa) and the inspiring people she meets along the way.
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