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  • An Ik village

    Posted by Brian Jones

    24 August 2004 – ikvillage (48k image)

    The villages are nestled high in the mountains, which afford a bit of protection against neighbours who are known for their tendency to raid. The Ik have chosen not to keep livestock to reduce the risk of raiding but are often affected by the raids between the Turkana and Karamojong. They are often accused of not having warned a group that the other side was coming to raid them.

    As can be seen from the picture the villages are small and confined within a high fence. The entry door is tiny and I had to crawl in on my stomach. Inside there are small tukels or huts and even smaller grannaries that are largely empty at present. The villagers were incredibly welcoming and open to questions.

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