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Semi-nomadic 'Maasai Cricket Warriors' fighting for rights of women

London, Wed, 14 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 14 (ANI): Maasai Cricket Warriors - the semi-nomadic cattle herders - are intending to be role models in their communities by campaigning against traditional female circumcision and child marriages.


And through their cricket they also are also attempting to promote healthier lifestyles and spread awareness about HIV/AIDS among tribal youth, the tribesmen asserted.


"By developing cricket and sports amongst Maasai youth and children the aim is to empower the youth in Maasai communities while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well-adjusted members of society," an online appeal for donations on the Maasai Cricket Warriors website said.


Ditching traditional whites for their colourful clothing and body decorations, the Kenyan tribesmen are promising to brighten up their sport and are in serious training, the Daily Mail reported.


Donning pads and armed with bats, the men from the Laikipia region this week left their small village for the Mombasa Legends Cricket Nursery and they now hope to travel to the Last Man Standing 2012 World Championships in Cape Town next month - the crowning event of the global eight-a-side amateur Twenty20 cricket league. (ANI)


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