Beauty Must Suffer - Pokot

The people from the Pokot tribe in Kenya often suffer from eye diseases. Even young children go blind. Their eyes are painfully infected, and their eyelids are encrusted with dried up pus. These eye infections are transmitted by flies and by unwashed hands.


A Pokot man considers a woman’s face to be particularly attractive when it is surrounded by countless flies and she doesn’t bat an eyelid. The Pokot women wear very heavy earrings, causing the earlobes to be stretched, sometimes even down to their shoulders. Some women even put large lumps of rancid fat on their earrings to attract the flies. Do they know that they may have to pay for their beauty with blindness?



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