Idyllic, cultural, traditional, beautiful are all words used to describe the beads of the Samburu Trobe. But there is meaning behind the beads. For young females it can be a sign of sexual enslavement. Male relatives, usually older, give beads to their often distant female relative even s young as 6 years old! This beading allows them to have sexual relations but pregnancy is not allowed. Contraception is not available for these young girls. So if pregnancy occurs, they are forcefully and cruelly aboted or if the baby is born it is carried off to the forest to die.
This tragic traditional practice is wonderfully documented in a brief video called A Silent Sacrifice produced by Jane Meriwas n the IWGIA website
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