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Kenya widows fight sexual ‘cleansing’ practise

A group of women in western Kenya is fighting “widow-cleansing”, a traditional ritual practiced by Luo ethnic communities in some of the poorer, more rural areas of the country.

The ritual requires women to have sex – often with strangers – when their husbands die.

The men who “cleanse” them are sometimes HIV-positive and do not use protection.

Fifty-year-old mother and grandmother, Pamela, tells her story and the story of the Kenyan widows’ club trying to create change.

Video shot and produced by Theopi Skarlatos

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