Ivy’s Birth Ceremony

In Shivagala Village, the Bakhuya clan has gathered to celebrate the birth of Ivy and to sanctify her life and ties to family, tribe and her ancestor’s land.  For three days the women of the family have cooked to prepare a feast. Dancing, singing and prayer surround the heart of the ceremony where Ivy’s grandmother, with her mother looking on, shaves the child’s head.
As Ivy’s hair falls to the ground, it binds her to the spirits of her Luya ancestors and the relatives and friends who look on with love and hope for her future.

What will Ivy’s chances be in a rural landscape dominated by AIDS, TB, Malaria and hunger?

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