Sex ed needs a refresh. If you could write a letter to your teenage self explaining what you wish you had known about sex back then, what would you say? T hough it may not seem like it, there will be a time, far from now. A time when, despite not having grown an inch in years, and despite maintaining a strong fascination with eighties pop music and its accompanying fashion statements, someone will want to have sex with you. Right now, I know you know loss only as something severe and deeply fracturing. In summer, you went to sleep with a mother, and woke up to a cold and empty space, a funeral being planned in the living room. In coming years, you will know loss in much more trivial ways. You will lose keys, money, two cellphones in one weekend, and countless soccer games. But you will always know there will be more to find and lose all over again. The latter is how boys are taught to become men and stay that way.
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Drought takes centre stage in Kenya's election campaign as food prices rise
Girls as young as 12 are being forced into having sex for money to feed their families in drought-hit parts of Kenya. Families in rural areas of Turkana, one of the regions hardest hit by late rains, are sending their daughters to urban centres to make money. Many are forced to sell their bodies, earning as little as 50 Kenyan shillings 37p for sex, according to a report published by the International Rescue Committee IRC on Wednesday. The IRC also reported an increase in gender-based violence in the county, as well as a rise in instances of child marriage. In early June, the IRC visited the red-light districts and areas where sex workers solicit in the town of Lodwar. In one night, case workers found girls aged between 12 and 17 whom they believed were involved in transactional sex. Invited to a drop-in centre, 88 of the girls visited in the following days and confirmed that they had been driven to prostitution as a direct result of the drought and lack of food. The youngest girl interviewed was Drought across Kenya has made 2. Regions in the north of the country are particularly badly affected.
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