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Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County...Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after.

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More than 100 Pokot girls wearing traditional jewellery take part in an initiation ceremony marking the passing into womanhood, in Baringo County, about 80km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat, Kenya

A woman takes part in a rally to protest against violence towards women, on November 17, 2014 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Some 200 women gathered to rally in support of a woman who was attacked and stripped last week by a mob at a bus stop,  in an incident that was captured on video and went viral online. She was accused of "tempting" men because of her clothing.

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A woman takes part in a rally in Narobi, Kenya, to protest against violence towards women. About 200 women gathered to rally in support of a woman who was attacked and stripped last week by a mob at a bus stop, in an incident that was captured on video and went viral online

Members of Kenya's provincial administration salute during Mashujaa Day (Hero's Day) celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, October 20, 2014. The national holiday commemorates those who had taken part in the country's struggle for liberation.

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Members of Kenya’s provincial administration salute during Mashujaa Day (Hero’s Day) celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Monday. The national holiday commemorates those who had taken part in the country’s struggle for liberation.

A Turkana boy stands inside a hut in Napak village in northwestern Kenya inside the Turkana region of the Ilemy Triangle...A Turkana boy stands inside a hut in Napak village in northwestern Kenya inside the Turkana region of the Ilemy Triangle September 25, 2014. The Ilemi Triangle is a disputed region in East Africa, claimed by South Sudan and Kenya, bordering also Ethiopia. The dispute arose from unclear wording of a 1914 treaty which tried to allow free movement of the Turkana people, nomadic herders who had traditionally grazed the area.  Picture taken on September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A Turkana boy stands inside a hut in Napak village in northwestern Kenya inside the Turkana region of the Ilemy Triangle. The Ilemi Triangle is a disputed region in East Africa, claimed by South Sudan and Kenya, bordering also Ethiopia. The dispute arose from unclear wording of a 1914 treaty which tried to allow free movement of the Turkana people, nomadic herders who had traditionally grazed the area.

TOPSHOTS TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Reuben ...TOPSHOTS TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Reuben KYAMA, Thomas MORFIN A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi on July 28, 2014, reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. Kenya takes pride in being a union of "42 tribes", but a string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics.  "There has been a surge of dangerous speech," said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi's sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBATONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi. A string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics. Reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. “There has been a surge of dangerous speech,” said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi’s sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. 

Cargo plane crashes in Kenya, all four occupants killed

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Police officers inspect the scene of a plane crash in a suburb of Nairobi, capital of Kenya. All four occupants of the aircraft were killed when it crashed into two office buildings in the Utawala district.

Residents chant slogans as they participate in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni...Residents chant slogans as they participate in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed were planned by "local political networks", dismissing claims by Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

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Residents chant slogans as they take part in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed were planned by ‘local political networks’, dismissing claims by Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults 

Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Homosexuality has been criminalized in Uganda where lawmakers have recently passed a new bill, which appears to have wide support among Ugandans, that prescribes life imprisonment for "aggravated" homosexual acts.

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Kenyan supporters of gay and lesbian rights wear masks as they protest outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, against Uganda’s tough stance on homosexuality. Uganda lawmakers recently passed a bill that prescribed life imprisonment for ‘aggravated’ homosexual acts

Traditional dancers perform at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on December 12, 2013 during celebrations marking half a century of independence from Britain. Kenyans marked 50 years of independence, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.

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Traditional dancers perform at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday, during celebrations marking half a century of independence from Britain

A Samburu moran stands next to a fattened black bull in the remote northern Kenya village of Wamba in Samburu November 21, 2013. British High Commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner, will accept the bull from the Namunyak women's group during a ceremony to bless and celebrate the birth of Britain's Prince George. Prince George is the son of Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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A Samburu moran stands next to a fattened black bull in the remote northern Kenyan village of Wamba in Samburu. British High Commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner, will accept the bull from the Namunyak women’s group during a ceremony to bless and celebrate the birth of Britain’s Prince George.

Mourners gather after a train rammed into a public service bus in. The accident happened at a crossing point killing at least 12 passengers in the bus. The train crashed into the side of the bus as it crossed the railway line during the peak hours of morning rush hour.

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Mourners gather after a train rammed into a public service bus in Nairobi. The accident happened during the morning rush hour at a crossing point, killing at least 12 passengers in the bus.

Relatives of those who died lay white roses and pray at a stone memorial, during a memorial service marking the one-month anniversary of the Sept. 21 Westgate Mall terrorist attack, in Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Families and friends of those killed in the attack planted trees in memory of lost loved ones in a ceremony that stressed that the attack occurred against people of all races and religions.

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Relatives of those who died lay white roses and pray at a stone memorial during a service on Monday marking the one-month anniversary of the Westgate Mall terrorist attack, in Nairobi, Kenya. Families and friends of those killed planted trees in memory of lost loved ones in a ceremony that stressed the attack occurred against people of all races and religions.

A man makes construction bricks from mud at one of several refugee settlements in Dadaab, Garissa County, northeastern Kenya.

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A man makes construction bricks from mud at one of several refugee settlements in Dadaab, Garissa County, northeastern Kenya.

Mary Italo (R) cries as a friend (L) comforts her after finding the body of her 33-year-old son who was killed in a terror attack at the city mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 September 2013. Kenya has begun three days of national mourning on 25 September following the end of the four day fighting with Islamist militants who took over the Nairobi's upscale Westgate shopping mall. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on 24 September that 67 people, including 6 security personnel were killed during the siege.

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A friend comforts Mary Italo, right, after she discovered the body of her 33-year-old son at a city mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya, after he was killed in a terror attack at the city’s Westgate Mall. Kenya began three days of mourning on Wednesday following the end of a four-day siege by Islamist militants who took over the mall.

Kenya security forces are seen behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Monday morning, Sept. 23, 2013. Kenya's military launched a major operation at the upscale Nairobi mall and said it had rescued "most" of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff that killed at least 68 people and injured 175.

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Members of Kenya’s security forces crouch behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday morning. The country’s military, which has launched a major operation at the upscale Nairobi mall, said it had rescued “most” of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff that killed at least 68 people and injured 175.

This picture taken on July 16, 2013 shows Kelvin Leadismo (3rd L), 12, and his classmates as they attend a tuition class at Loltulelei primary school in Kisima township of Kenya's nothern county of Samburu. The class is attended by young shepherds from the Samburu community who are usually unable to attend regular daytime classes when they are tending to their family's livestock at pasture. The school runs a parallel tuition programme to the national curriculum that enables the otherwise illeterate shepherds acquire literacy through the two to three hour tuition courses presided over by volunteer teachers.  AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

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Kelvin Leadismo, 12, and his classmates attend tuition at Loltulelei primary school in Kisima township in Kenya. The class is attended by young shepherds from the Samburu community who are unable to attend regular daytime classes as they are tending to their families’ livestock at pasture. The school runs a parallel tuition programme to the national curriculum, which enables the otherwise illiterate shepherds to acquire literacy through the two to three hour classes run by volunteer teachers 

Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 19, 2013. Uhuru Kenyatta is on a visit to China from August 18 to 23.

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Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Kenya‘s President Uhuru Kenyatta and China’s President Xi Jinping during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Mr Kenyatta is on a visit to China from August 18 to 23.

A General Service (GSU) office gestures outside the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport on August 7, 2013. A massive fire shut down Nairobi's international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa's biggest transport hub.

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A General Service (GSU) office gestures outside the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport on Wednesday. A massive fire shut down Nairobi’s international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa’s biggest transport hub.

Protestors chant while cover a sculpture of a pig with rotten animal blood during a demonstration outside the parliament after lawmakers voted themselves hefty salary increases on June 11, 2013 in Nairobi. The protestors had intended to occupy the parliament but were not allowed in by anti-riot police.

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Protesters chant while carrying a sculpture of a pig with rotten animal blood during a demonstration outside parliament, after lawmakers voted to give themselves hefty salary increases on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya

Mau-Mau veteran Mathenge Iregi, 81, waves a a ceremonial whisk to celebrate as he and others await a press conference about an announcement regarding their legal case for compensation against the British Government, in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, June 6, 2013. The British government is set to announce compensation for Kenyans abused during a rebellion against colonial rule in the 1950s. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Mau Mau veteran Mathenge Iregi, 81, waves a ceremonial whisk to celebrate as he and others await a press conference about their legal case for compensation against the UK government in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday.