INDEPTH: Poverty hits efforts to curb child marriages in Turkana
It is afternoon deep inside a remote village in Turkana County and a little girl rests against a wheelbarrow loaded with three jerrycans with 60 litres of water. The heat and exhaustion from numerous trips she has made fetching water are taking a toll on her.
For a moment the girl donning a beautiful traditional dress seems absent-minded, blankly gazing into the horizon until I interrupt her with greetings.
And with the innocence of a child, she responded with a warm wide smile. I soon learn she is called Judy Atabo as I helped her push the wheelbarrow home. We had become friends.
For the next three hours, young Atabo was my companion, graciously showing me around the village as I interacted with elders, keen to know more about the community’s unpopular Ishanga cultural practice-commonly known as beading. Click to read more http://bit.ly/2i1zUfM