By mid-morning, the crowd had already gathered. Those waiting for the overnight fishing boats to dock are mostly women, who come outfitted with knives and buckets. A few men also mill around the shore.
Along the banks of Lake Victoria, fishing runs deep as a cultural livelihood within these lacustrine communities, many of which are Luo.
The energy is buzzing, expectant–rhythms of life here orbit around fish: catching, trading, cleaning, and eating. Even the time spent waiting, as they do now, is an integral part of socialising.
‘Would you follow the law if you’re hungry?’
In tandem with fundamental healthcare access issues, the high degree of sexualization endemic to fishing cultures also plays a significant role in HIV and other STI transmission. HIV rates are also amongst some of the country’s most dire, as high as 22-25% by some estimations.
“When you grow up in an environment where
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