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Social Effects of Covid-19 Podcast: Luhya cultural rites

General Podcasts | 2 months ago

For the Luhya communities in Kenya, especially the Bukusus living in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties, circumcision is habitual and a right of passage. It involves people gathering in public places with boy children traversing the land calling people to witness the only chance of a lifetime where boys between 10-18 years of age undergo this stage of life. Our reporter Esther Kirong' caught up with Kapomboi Ward Member of County Assembly, Benard Mulipuko who hails from Trans Nzoia County. He admits that the covid-19 pandemic really interrupted their circumcision ceremonies; some children were circumcised due to the pandemic. He fears that maybe circumcision ceremonies which take place after every two years might be affected even in the year 2022 forcing them to take their children to hospital for circumcision. In this series, Dr. Issaac Misiko sheds light on how the pandemic interrupted their ''Khuminya'' ceremony which takes place a night before circumcision. Also engaged are the residents of Trans Nzoia County. They fear that some of their children might lose age-sets because of the pandemic.

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