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Wild life

My boy Rider’s circumcision ceremony brings back memories of my childhood in Samburu

27 July 2019

9:00 AM

27 July 2019

9:00 AM


All across the north the ritual bulls have already been slaughtered. I am waiting for the invitation from our Samburu neighbours to set off on a walk into the forested hills with my boy Rider to visit the great thorn enclosures where thousands of youths are to be circumcised. Drought in the low country may delay the ceremonies, but with any luck some clans will go ahead as planned with this great rite of passage that happens every 15 years or so.

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