Married at 3, divorced at 7: Two Ethiopian girls tell their stories

“I was really young on my wedding day. And I didn’t know we’d have sex that night. I thought my husband would wait for me to grow up, that he would wait for the right time.” ~ Selenat ~

For girls like Selenat, who got married when she was 13, child marriage marks the beginning of frequent and unprotected sex which often leads to an early and risky first pregnancy.

“At first we just slept. But the groomsmen kept on bugging my husband until he had to wake me up. That’s when it all happened. I didn’t really know what was going on because I was very small.

“The groomsmen and the entire family were so excited that I was a virgin that my pain, my screaming — that was the whole point of the marriage.”
~ Selenat ~

Read more here:

https://medium.com/putting-girls-and-women-at-the-heart-of-uk-aid/married-at-3-divorced-at-7-870305832524#.fn2j1rexa

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