Kenya’s Maasai ‘Warriors’ Campaign for Healthy

Lifestyle by Playing Cricket

 The Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa saw a strange cricket match over the weekend as the Maasai “Warriors” played cricket in their traditional attire, a red colored shuka worn wrapped around the body. Known as “Warriors” for their active involvement in social campaigns, the African ethnic people took up cricket as a tool to spread awareness about healthier lifestyles and HIV/AIDS amongst youth, Reuters reported.

The Maasai people are a semi-nomadic group thriving in Kenya and northern Tanzania where they are considered role models for their campaigns against various cultural practices, such as female genital mutilation and early childhood marriages.

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Daniel Ole Mamai (L) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors and his teammate Christopher Ole Ngais run between the wicket against the Jafferys team during their friendly match in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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Jonathan Ole Meshami of the Maasai Cricket Warriors plays a shot against the Jaffery’s team during their friendly match in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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Daniel Ole Mamai (L) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors and his teammate Christopher Ole Ngais run between the wicket against the Jaffery’s team during their friendly match in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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Sonyanga Olengais, captain of the Maasai Cricket Warriors, plays a shot against the Jaffery’s team during their friendly match in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors prepare for their friendly match against the Jafferys team in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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A member of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team catches the ball during their friendly match against the Jaffery’s team in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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Jonathan Ole Meshami of the Maasai Cricket Warriors plays a shot against the Jafferys team during their friendly match in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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