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Kenyans circumcise girls in Tanzania to evade law – report

Posted by Administrator on January 19, 2012

Kenyan boys play during sunset in Didkuro, 1672 km (1038 miles) northeast of the capital Nairobi, in this file photo taken on December 19, 2005.

Kenyan boys play during sunset in Didkuro, 1672 km (1038 miles) northeast of the capital Nairobi, in this file photo taken on December 19, 2005.

NAIROBI (TrustLaw) – Kenyan parents determined to circumcise their daughters, despite the outlawing of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), are taking them across the border to Tanzania, the African Woman and Child Feature Service reported.

Traditional circumcisers from Kenya’s Kuria community crossed into Tanzania to cut a number of girls aged between seven and 15 during last month’s circumcision season, the report said.

FGM is prohibited in Tanzania but the law is not effectively enforced.

“Nobody will marry my daughter in the community if she is not circumcised,” one father, Wario Chacha, said in the report.

“I do not want my family to be a laughing stock. My girl will have to be cut no matter how long it takes.”

His 10-year-old daughter was one of 400 girls taken by local non-governmental organisations to rescue centres to protect them from being cut.

One in three Kenyan women is circumcised, despite the practice being criminalised in the 2001 Children’s Act.

In September 2011, Kenya passed the FGM Act into law providing for up to seven years in jail for anyone who commits FGM.

Source: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/kenyans-circumcise-girls-in-tanzania-to-evade-law-report

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12 Responses to “Kenyans circumcise girls in Tanzania to evade law – report”

  1. ITHAVETHI. said

    Ni jambo la kushangasha kuona kwamba desturi ya kuwatahirisha wanawake ingali inafanywa kisiri siri. Lakini swala kubwa ni hili? Mbona wazazi wanaona kunafaa wasichana wao kupitia tendo hili ambalo lashutumiwa tangu siku za wakoloni? Pengine wameona umuhimu wa kuyafanya yale mababu zao waliotilia mkazo tangu jadi.

    Najua wanawake wengi wataniparamia na kunitolea maneno ya uppuuzi, lakini ukweli ni kwamba tendo hilo halikuwa la kinyama kama wengi wameshurutishwa kuamini. Adhari na sababu za kuwatahirisha wasichana zilikuwa nyingi, na kama hamuamini, yatie macho kule, pale, humo kisha yafiriginye na utaona matokeo ya wale ambao hawakupitia jandoni.

    Kutahirisha wasichana, ambako kuliidhinishwa na mayanya zetu wa kale kulikuwa na sababu za kuwapa fursa wao kupata mawaidha kemkem ya namna watakavyoziendesha nyumba zao pale watakapokuwa wake hapo baadaye. Kuwatahirisha pia kulisaidia jamii kutokuona visa waziwazi vya ukwale mle vijijini kama tuvionavyo siku hizi.

    najua tena mimi ITHAVETHI sina marafiki baada ya kumaliza nakara hii hii na ni nawaomba MaLaika, Gachungwa, Leo, Johana,Shiru Kamau na Kamuiko waniunge mkono katika mradi huu mpya wa kuwapeleka wasichana Tanzania ili kudumisha mila zetu ambazo sasa zimeanza kutugeukia. Shukran!

  2. irene said

    Experience has taught me that the girls who have been cut are sweeter than the others.The government should legalize it and be done by qualified medical personnel .

    • Anna said

      Irene,
      You must be sick in your head to say that girls who have been cut are sweeter than the others. Sweeter in what way?? Because the only area that may have given them pleasure during an act that God ordained has been cut off? You must be a man, masquerading as a woman, you could only say that because of your un-educated (read dumb) assumption that due to being cut, they are not as promiscuous as one would expect of those who are not cut and who are therefore more likely to have had more sexual experiences. That’s just a stupid mentality and you cannot judge a book by the cover. Do you even have any clue that there are exercises that women do so as to become “tight” down there and can use that to cheat any man that they are “innocent” and do not sleep around, yet probably have at least 5 other boyfriends apart from you, whom they sleep with on a regular basis?? Your irresponsible comments and others like it are the reason why the stupid muzungus call us (in Africa) the Dark Continent. Do you have any idea of the horrible hemorrhage that takes place in some of the women? Or the scarring that means a lot of the women are unable to perform simple bodily functions like pass urine (leave alone give birth)??? People like you should be locked up and beaten daily until you die! May God have mercy on your pathetic soul, whoever you are. You don’t deserve it but HE IS a forgiving God.

      • Kasuku wa Kasuku said

        Hehehehe……@Anna umegonga ndipo!Lakini isiwe na ukwekwe,achana na Irene hayo ni maoni yake.

      • irene said

        I stand on my guns .I got the cut when I turned 22 and going by what I experienced before the cut cannot be anywhere near what am enjoying right now .Am talking out of experience .I cannot leave my adorable cultural practice .The question of complications occurring during or after the cut are negligible and be dealt with if the operation is done by qualified medical personnel .It is important that you respect my views even if they not concur to yours .After all my sentiments are just similar to other women who are silent but are giving me a thumb up.

      • Wamaitu said

        Irene wewe ni Mkisii, right?. U r lucky coz Kissi men still appreciate the circumcised women. Do u know how other women (kama Wakikuyu) suffer because when men hear that a woman got the cut, they r hot on their heels. Imagine being 40 with no husband just because your parents acted stupidly in the name of culture. Si msichana akuwe 20 then a decide yeye mwenyewe?

    • ITHAVETHI. said

      Nasikitika ninapowaona wenzetu wakilifanya mzaha jambo hili la kuwatahirisha wasichana wetu. Historia ya kitamaduni ya kuwatahirisha wasichana haikuwa inaegemea tu upande mmoja wa kuwatosheresha wao tamaa zao za kimwili. Kutahiri hakukumnyima mwanamke nyege na ukwale wakati wa kufanya mapenzi kama wengi hapa wanavyopiga domo na kudhania. Kutahiri kuliwapa, hata wanaume, sifa, hadhi na wadhifa katika jamii walikotoka hatimaye. Walifunzwa na shangazi zao namna bora ya kuishi kwa utiifu katika jamii, kuwahudumia waume na watoto wao, jinsi ya kufuata utaratibu wa mila na desturi za jamii zao.

      Katika mila zetu za Waturkana, Waborana, Warendille, Wasamburu, nk., wasichana walitahirishwa huku kinembe kilichongwa hadi fupa la mwisho kufikiwa. Na wote walifurahia wame wao ipasavyo. Ingawa miaka ya hivi karibuni wameacha kukata kinembe chote, wanawake wakongwe vijijini katika mikoa ya kaskazini na kaskazini mashariki wanakata tu sehemu ndogo ili iwe tu kama ishara ya kutahiri. Ni hii ni maendeleo makubwa.

      Ni mwanamke kama Irene ambaye anaweza kumuelewa ITHAVETHI bara bara kuhusu umuhimu wa kuifuata mila na desturi zetu ipasavyo. Diposa wazungu hupinga kukatwa kwa kinembe chao na matokeo yake tunayaona katika runinga, vichoro choroni na mtandaoni. Wanawake hawa wazungu hawaoni soni kuuficha ukwale wao ila wanauonyesha hadharani.

      Dada Irene si mmoja wao. Anna na Abby ndio tunatakiwa kuwaelimisha kuhusu ubora wa kuyatimiza yale mababu zetu walivyoamini. Twaweza kufaulu kwa kutumia teknologia iliopo ili kuhakikisha kwamba maisha ya wasichana wetu yamelindwa. Lakini usiyafanyie hapa Marekani. Kata tiketi na uelekee Tanzania au katika wilaya za Pokot, Turkana, Wajir nk., ambapo mila zina nguvu kuliko sheria za serikali, KWANI HIVI NDIVYO ILIVYO!!

    • mrembo said

      Irene is a MAN

  3. Kasuku wa Kasuku said

    Visa vya wanawake kutahiriwa inchini kenya,Tanzania sijambo la kustahajabisha.Wengi wamekereketwa kutokana na visa hivi lakini swali
    ni je,ni nani aliye jitokeza kipaumbele kupinga vitendo kama hivi kwa kusema na kutenda wala si tu domo kaya?Kutahiri wasichana limbukeni ni mojawapo ya mila na desturi za kabila tofauti tofauti barani Afrika, ambapo hukusudiwa kwamba iwapo msichana ametahiriwa kuna uwezekano mkubwa wa kupunguza mipango ya kando au kujiingiza kwa biashara za macho gondoa .Siku changia swala hili la ukeketaji wa wanawake nikiliunga mkono kama vile Ithavethi,la hasha!Hili ni tendo la unyama na linatendwa na watu wasio na ujuzi timilivu na watu wasio na elimu hata kidogo.Pili ni jambo ambalo linatendwa bila ya makubaliano na mhusika.

    Tuko katika nyakati ambazo tekinologia umechukua nafasi na mambo ya jadi yamepitwa na wakati.Nikisema hivi na maanisha ukeketaji wa wasichana ulikidhiri nyakati za mababu wa mababu zetu,ambapo watu waliishi bila ya kuvaa nguo.Hivyo basi vitendo kama hivi havina nafasi katika kizazi cha sasa.

  4. paul mambofiti said

    @ IRENE how will a lady like u know whether a cut lady is sweeter than the other? Are you confirming that u are a Lesbian? This practice doesnt benefit men or women so what is the purpose? if it is being done for men we dont like or prefer it and why should the ladies push for it and its dangerous and health complications

  5. abby said

    you are all mad………………………………..

  6. Johana Wanjikru Thuku said

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, this is very interesting and @ Irene are u serious on that sweetness deal. I thought or heard the best orgarn of what stimulates better sweetness is chooped off therefore depriving one of the maximum sweetness. What is true , I will not dispute you on that since I have no knowledge of it , however it sounds and seems like a gruelling ordeal,and the price of it is excruciating pain that can easily lead to once death. I know of a little community (in kikuyu pande ya kirinyaga that does it) and those ladies are tough, mean and dont crap fom anyone but wont that be giving a run for their dominance as the Alpha Male. In a marriage case it would be 2 bulls and how can that last and again I could be wrong on it but it’s ok to speak my mind. I’m not for it and I thank God every morning for the fact I did not have it done nor are my other siblings and the community I came from.@ Irene , wonder what the benefit of female genital mutilation is and why would the whole world hate and discourage it .

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