Cham­pion the Hum­ble


Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - TODAY’S TV -

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

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