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Tribe in Kenya fear for their extinction as they have no hair, teeth and die below the age of 30

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Tribe in Kenya fear for their extinction as they have no hair, teeth and die below the age of 30

Members of the Illmalayan community in which is a small sub tribe in Turkana have pleaded with the government to help them from extinction as death continues to ravage their small community who are suffering from a rare medical condition.


Men in the community die before attaining the age of 30 and it is only women who are are able to surpass 30 years of age. The community population is 40 and they live in fear of extinction. This is because they are suffering from Anhidrosis a condition making the body unable to cool itself. The condition is dangerous because it forces the people to look for cool water and pour on their bodies to help cooling. It is worse due to high temperature and lack of water in the area they leave in this has therefore caused school dropouts.


The condition also also causes lack of hair growth and teeth. The community says the condition originated from their great grandmother who leaved in Marsabit.

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