The women of miraa: Soldiering on despite societal backlash

Local miraa dealers offload miraa from vehicles that arrived at a Mandera market on January 8, 2019 from Meru. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Although alcohol and other drugs are considered haram, there is grey area when it comes to miraa.
  • Khadija Dabar and Shafat have several employees working under them and have also bought a pickup truck to transport their miraa.
  • Shafat and Dabar are the breadwinners of their families, a situation that is out of the norm in this region.
  • Women like Shafat are frowned upon, and accused of hurting families with their trade.

It is 5:45am and as the sunlight colours the sky with a pinkish hue ushering a new day, about 30 women hurl up at a corner of the Garissa town market ready to receive pickup trucks which travelled overnight from Meru with their merchandise.

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