Support for sex workers in Turkana, Kenya

Women of Turkana, Northern Kenya, whom I had the pleasure to meet in November 2015 as part of documenting Violence against Women and Children. Photos: © UNICEF/ESARO 2015/Elizabeth Willmott-Harrop

26 October 2015: Mercy, 38, sits quietly under the shade of a tree with a dozen other women from a small settlement in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya. All are single mothers, all are sex workers, and all are hungry.

They say that it is better to be a refugee in the nearby Kakuma camp, despite its many hardships, than a member of the Turkana, the host community which surrounds it. The Turkana region is one of the most underdeveloped in Kenya, blighted by drought, economic hardship and gender inequality. Read more.



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