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The Village Where Men Are Banned

Yes, you indeed read it right! This village in Kenya is a no man’s land. Women are the only people allowed to live in this village.

Umoja which means unity in Swahili, was founded in 1990. It  is an all-female matriarch village located near the town of Archers Post in Samburu County, 380 km (240 mi) from the capital, Nairobi.

It was founded by, a Samburu woman, as a sanctuary for homeless survivors of violence against women, and young girls running from forced marriages. The women of the Samburu people do not agree with violence and the traditional subordinate position of women.

This village is an inspiration. It opens our eyes against the lengths a woman has to go to, to protect herself in this god forsaken world of ours.

For everything which happens, there is a reason.

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The Land Of Wronged Women

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The Matriarch-Founder Rebecca Lolosoli

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Rebecca Lolosoli is the matriarch of the Umoja Women’s Village and an advocate for women’s rights. She along with several other women, who were all survivors of violence by men, established the village in 1990.

The All Concuring Smile Despite The Henious Crimes Against Her Being

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Women who hear of the village go there to settle down and learn how to trade, raise their children and live without fear of male violence and discrimination.

The Arrival Of A New Woman Is Greeted By Singing And Dancing

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They love to live a normal life

The Village Children- Naive And Carefree

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The Exquisite Traditional Jewellery And the Pained Wethered Faces Are A Contrast.

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Their art becomes their source of income.

Her Face Says It All

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The expressions are indeed a testimony to the oppression they have undergone.

The Will To Servive Despite Everything.

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They live, they nurture their children, they grow despite all.

Welcome Women But No Men!

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These women are truly a force to be reckoned with. A big salute to them for their strength, their will, their courage.