Dossier July 2017

Pökot Marriage.

Boys and girls meet at dance parties or at communal work or while tending domestic animals. When a kind of friendship has developed, a type of secret engagement may take place. And when the young man is fully decided he tells his father and both go to the girl’s home to break the news. The…

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Kenya. Journey into Pökot Cultural Heritage.

“ Rocks or hills can never meet.  Only our peoples can come together”.   A Pökot saying Under the acacia tree, Makiab, the old man, was looking at the Mountain Tiatiy, a sacred mountain, ‘where the sun rises and where the Pökot believe life started’. He was looking afar. He was remembering the time when as…

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The Birth of a Pökot Child.

When a pregnant woman is about to deliver usually other women, most probably two, help her. One of them is an expert mid-wife; this lady is called kama echö. When the mother is about to give birth and her pains have started she is given an amulet to chew. This amulet is a piece of…

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The Rite of Initiation: Sapana

Sapana  is a celebration undertaken by young men, around 20 years of age, to become recognised as adult men. Only after the rite, will they be considered as adults meaning that they will be allowed to sit at the meetings with the elders, ‘kokwö’, and participate in sacrifices, ‘kirket’. Early in the morning, before the…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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