MAASIA COMMUNITIES AND THE HORRIFIC TRADITIONS
Maasai communities and African countries in general, are not only persistent with their commitments to religion and rituals, but they also believe they are coherent in their believes, rituals, customs, and traditions. According to Survey, Africa amongst the highest continent which upholds strong believes in customs and traditions. They strictly believe and perform these rituals from time to time.
We are trying our best to narrate and bring forward the relevant events and story to crack the truth behind these brutal rituals. In this article, we are going to narrate the story of two young girls victimised by the Maasai community. A community which is famous for following brutal and inhumane traditions. Traditions that they consider to be sacred.
TWO GIRLS FORCED TO SUBJECT TO DISCRIMINATORY MAASAI COMMUNITY CUSTOMS
Ngais and Titoyai are two young girls living in Naberera village, Simanjiro District of Tanzania. Ngais is married and lives with her husband. She mentioned that she got married in 2019 as a teenager, before the legal age of marriage. Furthermore, she felt at that time, she was “so young, and unprepared”. She had no lessons about life after marriage and her “responsibilities to her husband”. The Hard work and responsibilities of married life “faded her young beauty and now she looks much older than her age”.
People of the Maasai community lead simple yet strict and brutal life. This brutality extends from believing their rituals blindly including FGM, early marriages, and financial restrictions for married and widowed women.
In her interview, Ngais said:
I see girls of my age going to school and coming back, they look changed, smart, humorous and know a lot of things that she doesn’t know.
Talking about Titoyai, who is not married yet but soon will be forced to.
These brutal and inhuman rituals have made girls of the Maasai Community, and other developing countries including those in Africa suffer. Many NGOs are working hard to educate such communities to get rid of such brutal traditions and customs and striving to make lives better for women of these communities but the implementation of laws against these unnecessary sufferings still requires greater force.