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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Sex Camps designed to train girls for child marriage in Zambia and Mozambique

Girls as young as eight in Mozambique and Zambia are forced to go to camps where they are shown how to please a man in bed in order to prepare them for married life, activists said at an international conference on ending child marriage.

These sexual initiations begin once menstruation starts and sometimes involve sticks being inserted inside the girls, Persilia Muianga of international aid agency World Vision said.

She added that some mothers force young daughters to sleep with a man in the belief this can bring on menstruation.

Anglican priest Jackson Jones Katete said initiations in Zambia happen among girls between the ages of eight and 13, and may involve girls being cut by women for not performing sexual movements correctly.

"You ... pay these (elderly) women to do this torturing to your child," he said, adding that men do not want to marry girls unless they have been initiated.

"Immediately the girls come out of the camp, they are saying ... you are now ready for sex. And then the men come ... and then they begin to do the betrothals."

The training, which can last a week and is shrouded in secrecy, also teaches girls about hygiene, domestic duties and how to conduct themselves in the community, Muianga said, adding that community leaders fine parents if they do not take their daughters to the initiations.

Muianga, a child protection expert, said the sexual age of consent in Mozambique is 12 and many girls have babies very early, putting their lives at risk.
Serious childbirth injuries such as fistulas are a big problem because so many girls have babies before their bodies are ready, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation during the conference in the Moroccan city Casablanca.
Nearly half of girls in Mozambique and more than 40 percent in Zambia are married before they turn 18, even though child marriage is illegal in both countries.
Bride prices paid to the girl's family drive early marriage in poor rural areas, Muianga said.
She said World Vision is training church leaders to tackle issues around early initiations and child marriage, and will help develop a similar initiative for Muslim communities.
Katete, who is director of the Anglican Street Children's Program in Zambia, said church leaders carry great authority in his country and have a role to play in addressing initiations and child marriage with their congregations.
He added that keeping girls in school is crucial for fighting early marriage, but most rural communities do not have schools nearby and teachers in these regions are usually men, which sends girls the signal that only boys deserve education.
"We are now saying that you should build schools in villages and have female teachers there as well who can act as role models."
The 3 day conference ending Thursday is hosted by Girls Not Brides, a global partnership committed to eradicating child marriage which affects some 720 million women worldwide.
TWP

60 comments:

Alloy Chikezie said...

Chai! Africa! Africa! That's why we're backward, because most African mentality is backward

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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Hmmmm...

Unknown said...

God in control

Abraham Ndu said...

Wow...everyday u hear some new stuff... I hope they bring this barbaric practice to an end! Imagine 12yrs as age of consent... I feel for them young ladies.....

Abraham Ndu said...

Wow...everyday u hear some new stuff... I hope they bring this barbaric practice to an end! Imagine 12yrs as age of consent... I feel for them young ladies...

STERN said...

At least, here are 2 countries that nigeria is better than..lol. The last time I checked mozambique was the poorest country in africa so this is no surprise!

Unknown said...

Sad

Unknown said...

Sex camp...? their is God ooooo...This is why we are backward in Africa until we stop the stupid hypocrisy...this continent will never move forward....Sex camp ko ....NYSC camp ni

Unknown said...

OMG! This is uncivilized, these countries are so backward even at this 21st century.

Mizz. Boe said...

Nobody can tell me that all ppl go to the same hell o. There r different levels. The hottest level for ppl like these. Chai

world famous said...

wow little wonder the look down on us, some African countries 're still backwards.

Unknown said...

What is this??? Why are we Africans like dis bikonu??? Mcheeeeeeew! Linda take note!

Unknown said...

What is this??? Why are we Africans like dis bikonu??? Mcheeeeeeew! Linda take note!

Unknown said...

God forbid bad thing

Unknown said...

This is mad

Unknown said...

Anty Lindy goodmorning,u are already awake,God bless our hustle,have a blessed day ahead

Unknown said...

Tufiakwa!!!... God forbid bad thing

Unknown said...

Hmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

This can only happen in northern Nigeria cus all Muslims are animals

ary said...

Geez what kinda stone age practise is this?! Near barbaric I tell you.

Bonario's baby mama said...

Africa is cursed.

kelly said...

still in dark age! Upon how fast the world is moving.

Anonymous said...

Very disturbing. I hope they can put an end to this, poor girls......sadly things like this will be the reason some communities can never advance.

Unknown said...

Not good at all....8 years old child is too young for dis

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Anonymous said...

Oh! What a sad occurrence...where are the leaders of the countries?

Anonymous said...

Truth be told lind; I myself I'm from Zambia, and what's been said above isn't true.

Unknown said...

It's a pity

Unknown said...

Dis is horrible

Unknown said...

The thought of someone trying to do this to my daughters.. Can't even think of it.

Oma said...

sad

Unknown said...

This is so wrong. Plz something should be done urgently. The girl child is always the victim



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Erhire said...

Na wah o

Unknown said...

Some people are really suffering, I cant just imagine what those girls are passing through, and their parents even support this.

Manuel Kunmi said...

Crazy crazy cruel world

Jojo said...

My goodness......what is all this???? so pissed

Unknown said...

This is seriouse

mira cookie said...

Infact I cudnt read all of dat, wah nonsense... dats y africa is backward! Dey wud criticise gays n even stone em 2 death if possible n yet stil condone dis rubbish!

Emmanuel Fan said...

Animals with Buhari's mentality. Umunwoke obodo ndia ahu bu ndi otu Buharia

eka said...

sex training 4 little girls!
hmm, there is nothing someone wouldn't hear in this world
they should allow d girls 2 mature and their hormones would do d training...

Unknown said...

Hmmmm

Chicrystal. said...

Wth!

Unknown said...

Hmmmm, wonders dey say shall never end

dudette said...

Smh this is so wrong

Unknown said...

Pathetic.

Unknown said...

Unimaginably sad!

Anonymous said...

ARRANT NONSENSE

Anonymous said...

Media calls it sex camps...smh...this is how our culture got taken from us. Then demerits of westernization

Eze said...

Shut up, wot do u know abt Zambia, when u bury ursef inside ur fone everyday

Anonymous said...

Bonario's baby mama??? ROTFL. Where's Bonario ???????

Unknown said...

Nice confrenece, and issues well tackled, and handled. Thumbs up to them, and more power to them.

I hope all dis tins said will b handled, and carried out successfully.

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Anonymous said...

Emmanuel Fan, no matter how much you insult Buhari...HE IS YOUR PRESIDENT. Knack your head for wall. Insult him tire, he will have HoS on his CV and you will have...bitter Igbo man on yours.

Unknown said...

Though am nit a Muslim but as a patriotic Nigeria I want u to know that u are an idiot!!!

Unknown said...

don't forget that u are " Africa" too....

Subomi said...

shocked to read this, what a continent !

Anonymous said...

Sorry huh...
If that ur comment will cure ur wound.

Anonymous said...

including u! ignorant fool

Unknown said...

This is unfortunate. Stories like this breaks my heart.



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Anonymous said...

mngyrs gkat d qohfoa a

Anonymous said...

This is also common in Malawi. They are trained in all sort of things but the main thing is sex, how to move your body when having sex!!!. They even have a man (known as Hyena) who comes in to test if the girls have learned what they have been taught, they have sex while the instructor is watching and if the girl doesn't perform well they stay behind until they have mastered the techniques. They are also taught to stretch their labia, apparently, it hold the penis when having sex, making it more pleasurable for a man. Its robbing girls of their right to be children.

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