Stunning Photos Show The Maasai Cricket Warriors From Laikipia

Maasai in Kenya are using their love for the game to raise awareness of social injustices in their community. They are actively campaigning against destructive practices such as female genital mutilation and early childhood marriages

Stunning photos show ‘Maasai Cricket Warriors‘ display their bowling prowess as they use sport to campaign against FGM. The Maasai Cricket Warriors from Laikipia Maasai in Kenya are using their love for the game to convey messages and awareness against social injustices in their community.

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They are actively campaigning against degenerating and destructive cultural practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and early childhood marriages, which are vigorously donating to the spread and increase in the cases of HIV/AIDS. The warriors use cricket to empower girls and woman, target substance and alcohol abuse, animal poaching and strive to build peace amongst communities.

The sport was introduced by Aliya Bauer, a South African woman conducting research in the area who was missing the sport she loved. She brought over some equipment from her home country and started teaching the locals to play. Team captain Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais said the sport came naturally to him and his fellow Maasai warriors.

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Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais, the captain of the Masaai Cricket Warriors, speaks to the team during a practice session at Endana

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Leshan Meshami of the Masaai Cricket Warriors looks on during a practice session at Endana

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The wicketkeeper holds a cricket ball

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Matayian Denis of the Masaai Cricket Warriors bowls during a practice session at Endana

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Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais captain of the Masaai Cricket Warriors bats during a practice session at Endana

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The Masaai Cricket Warriors practise

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Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais speaks to Leshan Meshami

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Tony Kishoyian of the Masaai Cricket Warriors poses for the camera

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Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais captain of the Masaai Cricket Warriors plays a shot during a practice session at Endana

 

The Warriors have used their fame and athletic success to promote women’s rights in their community

 

Sonyanga Ole Ng’ais, captain of the Masaai Cricket Warriors, turns his arm over during a practice session

 

The Maasai Cricket Warriors travel to different communities with cricket and an important message

 

Since they first learned cricket in 2007, the Maasai Cricket Warriors have become a semi-professional team

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The Warriors said getting to grips with the sport came naturally and that bowling was ‘like throwing a spear’

 

The players for the Warriors all come from Il Polei and the neighboring Endana village

 

The Warriors actively campaign against degenerating and destructive cultural practices such as FGM

 

Litemulani Mamai of the Masaai Cricket Warriors plays a shot during the team’s practice session

 

Litemulani Mamai leaps in the air before throwing down his delivery during the practice session

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Memusi Christopher of the Masaai Cricket Warriors releases the ball during the team’s practice session

 

The team use the sport to empower girls and women, target substance and alcohol abuse

 

The Warriors have become ambassadors for positive change within their communities

 

Francis Ole Meshami, captain of the Maasai Cricket Warriors, watches the ball bounce towards him on the Kenyan plains

 

The Maasai were taking part in a two day tournament with the British Army Training Unit in Kenya

 

Members of the Maasai Cricket Warrior pose with the last surviving northern male white rhino, named ‘Sudan’

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The tournament was designed to raise awareness about the plight of Sudan, who needs 24-hour protection from poachers

 

The rhino population of Africa has been catastrophically devastated by poachers over the last few decades

 

The tournament was played in the wilds of Laikipia county’s 90,000 acre Ol-Pejeta Conservancy

 

The tournament was also designed to show the global reach of cricket

 

The event organisers hope to raise more than $1million Kenyan Shillings from this year’s tournament

 

A Maasai warrior celebrates. The Maasai warriors occupy a total land area of around 160,000 acres in Kenya and Tanzania

 

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people who have lived for decades under a communal land system

 

Their traditional pastoral lifestyles have become increasingly difficult to maintain due to the modern world

 

A Maasai Cricketer straps his leg protection on as he prepares to play

 

The Maasai have become famous for their traditional red garments

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Maasai society is now facing many social-economic and political challenges

 

It is hoped the charity will raise awareness and money about the plight of the northern white rhinos

 

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