ETHIOPIA

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - World Report -

“Ad­disu, an Ethiopian priest, mar­ried Des­taye when she was 11. He let her stay at her par­ents for a while, and she went to school even after she moved in with him. When she had her first child at 15, she did not have ac­cess to med­i­cal care and she hem­or­rhaeged a lot dur­ing their child’s de­liv­ery. Ad­disu was shocked and wor­ried— he was seeing child marriage reper­cus­sions first hand. He’s be­come an el­der in the com­mu­nity, and is now say­ing that he should not have mar­ried a girl so young. The com­mu­nity is slowly chang­ing with him. This is an ex­am­ple of how change can hap­pen.”

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