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SHOCKING: Ever Heard About This Village Where Men Are Banned? Find Out Here

   
   

SHOCKING: Ever Heard About This Village Where Men Are Banned? Find Out Here

How would a village without men look like? Some might argue they have the right idea, let’s explore it first

There is a village in the grasslands of Samburu in northern Kenya, and it’s rather unique. The village of Umoja “unity” in Swahili is guarded

by a thorn fence, and for good reason: there are no men allowed there. It’s all women.

This village started as a sanctuary for 15 women, who survived s3xual assault and rape by British soldiers in 1990. But today, the village

has grown to give shelter, livelihood and life to any and all women trying to escape genital mutilation, s3xual assault and rape, domestic

   
   

violence, or child marriage.

SHOCKING: Ever Heard About This Village Where Men Are Banned? Find Out Here

Rooted deeply in patriarchy, the Samburu people are semi-nomadic largely polygamist and closely related to the Maasai tribe. The roughly

50 women in Umoja today, along with about 200 children, have created an economy for themselves. There are no bells and whistles to

their lifestyle but the women and children earn a regular income to take care of their basic needs. Of the children, when the boys reach the

age of 18, they have to leave the village.

SHOCKING: Ever Heard About This Village Where Men Are Banned? Find Out Here

The women of Umoja run a campsite for safari tourists and charge an entrance fee for tourists to visit the village. Within the village, the

women make colourful beaded necklaces, bangles, anklets and other jewellery in the craft centre which are put up for sale. The older

women also teach the younger ones about social norms like female genital mutilation, forced abortions, etc, which they have escaped

from. They have also built a school on the Umoja women’s land, and it’s open to the nearby villages as well.

   
   

The women do not lead an isolated existence. They go out into neighbouring villages, markets, schools, but have also managed to build

themselves a safe haven where they can lead a life of respect.

   
   

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