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Three generations of Maasai wives gather on the outside of one of their dung and ash homes to pass the time.  Each home is part of the circular shaped village called a Manyata.  Building each marital home is the responsibility of the girl once she is married.  In the Maasai Mara, like many other places throughout the world, forced early marriages of children is considered to be a part of the culture.  Since the number of wives is indicative of a man's wealth, a girl as young as nine years old can be sold into marriage with a man who already has up to ten wives. Before marriage, the girls must undergo FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) also known as FGC (Female Genital Cutting).  In Kenya, it is now an illegal practice to marry a child bride, however most homesteads are situated in rural locations where it remains difficult to monitor such activity.

Three generations of Maasai wives gather on the outside of one of their dung and ash homes to pass the time. Each home is part of the circular shaped village called a Manyata. Building each marital home is the responsibility of the girl once she is married. In the Maasai Mara, like many other places throughout the world, forced early marriages of children is considered to be a part of the culture. Since the number of wives is indicative of a man's wealth, a girl as young as nine years old...
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