Champion the Humble
EXTREME WIVES WITH KATE HUMBLE
SMILING Kate Humble might not have a tough reputation like Ross Kemp, but she isn’t afraid to ask hard questions or put herself in danger.
In this shocking documentary she challenges men who condone the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Kate is visiting communities around the world where the roles of women are often complex and extreme because of religious beliefs or tradition.
And it’s in this first episode, in the southwestern Kenyan district of Kuria, where Kate learns that illegal FGM is still going on. At first, Kate gets to know the Kuria people, where the men typically marry a number of wives.
The Kuria also practise womanto-woman marriage, with the wives becoming pregnant by men outside the household.
But it’s while visiting a church that Kate hears the preacher warn against FGM, a problem that still lies at the heart of the community.
Jumping into action, Kate talks to the parishioners, anti-fgm campaigners and even meets the tribal elders who say that ending FGM will anger their god Eresa.
Then to cap it all, Kate makes a horrifying discovery.
FRIENDLY Kate visits Kenya BBC2, 9pm