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May 12th, 2011
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In Kenya, traditional beads that bring suffering for girls

The Samburu tribe in Kenya is known throughout the country for its lavish beaded adornments.  The tribe is poor, so these pieces of jewelry are quite valuable to the community.  But their significance isn't just monetary.

In one tradition of the Samburu, a male family member will place these beads around the neck of a young girl in the tribe.  According to tradition, the man is then permitted to have sex with the girl.  It is something that has gone on for as long as the people of the Samburu tribe can remember.  And stories of hidden pregnancies, and violent abortions aren't uncommon in this part of the country.

David McKenzie went to visit the Samburu with an activist who is working to stop this practice.

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