KABONG – A young Karamojong girl in Kabong district has escaped abduction for marriage by a Karamojong warrior who had ‘fallen in love’ with her.
The young warrior who was in the company of some elders, met the young girl who was coming from Lokolia trading centre in Palakata sub-county.
The Karamojong warrior, with the help of an elder, started dragging the girl away from the road but she resisted.
The young girl, who was holding a blue jag, used it to fight the men off while another woman looked on helplessly.
It was until the Karamojong warriors saw a vehicle approaching that they let the young girl free, although the young man continued to follow her.
According to Hellen Akello, a community field officer at Kabong district, the Karamojong men were on a mission to abduct the girl.
Akello explained that it is Karamojong culture for a young man to abduct a girl he desires and make her his wife after the dowry is paid.
“When you refuse, they [a group of men] will rape you and no one will marry you,” she narrated.
She noted that after the abduction, the parents of the girl will follow her and demand dowry from the man who abducted her.
She said the dowry is usually between 50 to 100 heads-of-cattle and 30 to 50 goats.
Meanwhile, in Kotido New Vision captured Karamojong men bathing in the water channels of Lokoroca. The men begin by washing the piece of sheet they use to wrap themselves.
Patrick Opio, a driver, explained that it is the culture of Karamojong men and women to bathe in the open.
He said the women cover their waists with a wrapper while the breasts are left bare. Their male counterparts also sunbathe while naked.