Maasai parents blame deep culture for spread of FGM
January 12, 2014
Deep rooted culture which forms a sphere of daily life in the Maasai community has been blamed for the high cases of female genital mutilation cases.
Micontrap-Kenya in a sensitization meeting with several parents from Masurura area in Narok County found that attempts to end the vice have been undermined by the culture.
“Despite the great attention on end of FGM among the Maasai communities parents said the deep rooted culture has made it hard to end the vice,” Micontrap-Kenya reported.
Parents said FGM is still strong among the Maasai community because of the following:
.It is a rite of passage from childhood to adult hood
It bring honor to the family and the girls
It is further believed to reduce sexual urge in women, thus believed to curtail promiscuity
It brings social and tribal cohesion
Ancestors will curse girls who refuse to undergo the cut
Parents were educated on need to shun the practice altogether as others believed to have it in hospital was not illegal.
“Parents were sensitized on why they should shun the vice with their reasons de mystified vis-a-vis other communities in Kenya who don’t practice the vice,” the report states.

Micontrap-Kenya’s community handles run-away wife case
May 03, 2012.
A community mobilizer has today reported a case where a man is demanding dowry after his wife allegedly escaped and went back to her parents. 
Jane Boke learnt that the D.O of Mabera Division was handling a case where a girl had run away from David Chacha because she had developed complications thus she could not give birth.
Boke learnt that the said girl was married of to Chacha while she was 13 years of age and still in primary school forcing her to conceive at that tender age.
The marriage however took a turn to worse when the lady had a still birth and “the child was removed in a very cruel way’’ read a report seen by Boke in part.
The community mobilizer learnt that the lady since developed birth complication and could not go for an operation as advised by a medic because of financial constraints.  
It is after the lady returned to her parents that Chacha filed a complain that the D.O was handling.  
The dispute that was attended by 9 resolved that the husband take the lady to hospital then there after file a case demanding his dowry back. 
Boke was working under Micontrap’s mother and child educational care project that deals with female genital mutilation (FGM) and early child marriage.
Micontrap-Kenya holds a leaders consultative meeting at Ntimaru, Kuria East sub-county
July 29, 2011.
Leaders in Ntimaru have called on community members to support efforts by different organisations of in ending FGM
Speaking in Ntimaru, the Divisional Officer Mr. Meshack Mwangi said he will do anything in his power to ensure FGM practice is eradicated.
The DO said FGM had adverse effects as girls who had undergone the cut recorded unwanted pregnancies, early pregnancies and school drop outs thus lowering the standard of education among the Kuria Community. 
His counterpart from Kwiha division John Nthenge said his area was worst hit with FGM due to cross-border operations (Kenya/Tanzania).
Micontrap-Kenya board representative in Kuria asked the community to own up the project for their own good.
 The project coordinator explained the roles of the leaders were to play in supporting the organization and the government in implementing the bill prohibiting FGM practice in Kenya.
The programs CEO said the practice is now a thing of the past and encouraged leaders to enlighten the community over its effects and adopt a new life that guaranteed decent living standards.