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Don't Miss: Drought Dowries

A drought in the Horn of Africa is destroying herds of livestock and deeply effecting lives. In Kenya, 70 percent of the cattle have died because of the lack of rain. The Maasai, a tribe of herdsmen who depend on cattle for their livelihood, are reacting by selling their only other form of wealth — their daughters. And while teenage girls have traditionally been circumcised and sold into marriage, the drought has led families to sell their daughters at younger and younger ages... sometimes as young as 8.

NPR's Jason Beaubien — who earlier this week had a big piece on the African drought — has this report this morning on the lives of Maasai girls.



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