VIDEO: Female circumcision in Kenya
21 June 2012, 14:36
With over 92 million female circumcisions already performed in Africa alone, Kenya is still considered a large perpetrator of this practice with almost 40% (US State department: 2010) of women still undergoing the procedure despite it being made illegal.
The procedure is still considered a vital rite of passage for a maturing girl, in various communities around Kenya.
Many of these smaller communities also bind this practice directly to the honour of the family's name and is often a prerequisite for teen brides (and their families) who hope to win a large dowry from the groom's family.
The price of not going through the initiation process is often social isolation and rejection, while sadly, the health consequences of those who undergo the process are often much worse, and as the following News24 video on You Tube shall show, one interviewee states, results in death from infection and complication.