Maasai culture under threat
Despite Kenyan and Tanzanian Government efforts to get the Maasai people to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, the people have struggled hard to continue with their age old customs today. Climate change however is posing a threat to this in a way that is much less controllable. Increasingly severe droughts are killing off the grasses and water supplies that their livestock – their main source of income – need to survive. Men, who are traditionally responsible for taking their livestock in search of food, need to be away for much longer periods. This in turn adds much greater strain on the women in the community who need to take on more responsibility, are frequently without money and increasingly need to go to the cities to try and find work. Here they are at increased risk of HIV from prostitution and face discrimination for upholding their cultural traditions.