Among the Pokot tribe in rural Kenya, parents arrange marriages for their daughters at the beginning of their adolescence – without discussing it with them.

Reuters photojournalist Siegfried Modola, who has previously documented female genital mutilation among the tribe, has returned to Baringo County. His photos show a young girl who tried to escape when she realised she was to be married without her consent.

The first she knew of the wedding was when a group of men arrived with a dowry of livestock in exchange for her, comprising 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows.

In the Pokot tradition, girls are ready for marriage after undergoing an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood.

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