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Tragic Story: 10 year old girl is forced to marry and dies giving birth

posted Oct 10, 2017, 1:51 AM by I Yr
At one of our recent trainings we were horrified to hear the story of a 10 year old girl who suffered terrible damage as a result of the forced union between herself and her much older, bigger husband. Her body was so damaged that she was unable to defecate or urinate. Her husband returned her to her parents house. They decided to assist her to get rid of waste by piercing a hole in her stomach. Because of the smell that resulted, she was forced to stay in the toilet room. Unfortunately, she found that she was pregnant. The woman telling the story was overcome with tears, and covered her head with her kanga (scarf) and wept. She was present when the young girl died and couldn't do anything to help her.