The Karamojong Visit


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The Karamojong people were the former nomadic pastoralist before civilization, the Karamojong’s are situated in North Eastern Uganda. The Karamojong have lived in their area for so many years, they do their best to preserve their overall culture.


The Karamojong have believed to have migrated into Uganda from Ethiopia over 1600 years ago, and they settled within Moroto Mountain. The Karamojong people speak the Karamojong language which is often translated as “the old tired men who stayed behind.” The Karamojong is approximately 370,000 in Uganda scattered all over the country.


The Karamojong people almost move half-naked as civilization is still hard to come their way. The Karamojong Nilotic pastoralists always promote and are so proud of their culture that is transmitted from generation to generation, they practice it daily. Although some Karamojong has started to embrace the trending cultures in Uganda and the introduction of new technology.


The Karamojong people have a unique culture and they know that cattle is a sign of being rich, in their societies the more cows that one got, the more they cherish you in the community. Farming is their secondary activity and is only done in areas where cultivation is possible due to the semi-arid condition. 


The Karamojong look at women as the inferior people in their culture and their important role is to stay at home, look after their husbands and take care of their children. The Karamojong men are accepted to marry as many wives as long they can afford to pay their dowry. A dowry is an important tool of marriage in the Karamoja region.


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