Kenya widows fight sexual ‘cleansing’ practice
A group of women in western Kenya are fighting “widow-cleansing”, a traditional ritual practised 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