MUTARE, Zimbabwe. (News Of The South) – Mercy left her in-laws’ home in rural Bindura with a 2kg container of washing powder, a laundry bag and her 11-month old daughter strapped to her back. It appeared obvious that she was going down to the river to do her laundry.
The scourge of child marriages has been a topical issue across the globe lately- with Zimbabwe having its own share of the limelight.
Traditional community leaders in the Midlands province have embarked on progressive measures that are aimed at ending child marriages in their areas of jurisdiction. The development comes amid rising cases of early marriages for the girl child in the rural parts of the country.
Child rights activists and local legislators have called upon the government and the donor community to put together plans to create safe houses for survivors of child marriages and girls who are at risk of becoming child brides.
Martha Mangove (not her real name) dropped out from Nembudziya High School located at Mtora Growth point, last year. She was 15. It was after having been drawn into an early marriage.
SPOTTING a visibly oversized dress that hides a protruding tummy, Lorna (not her real name) joins the long queue of women visiting a local health centre in rural Wedza for maternity check-ups.
Chief Trymore Dandawa Manyepa has every reason to smile, as he speaks against child marriages in Hurungwe.
Despite being closer to the resort town of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the vast Hwange National game park, most communities in the rural areas of Hwange in Matabeleland North are food insecure and experience grinding poverty.
The history of Zion and apostolic churches in Zimbabwe is littered with traces of rogue prophets and church leaders who very often deliberately misinterpret religion in order to achieve their barbaric and selfishness objectives.
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