I don't mean to offend our Orthodox Habesha brethren or to "attack" their Holy Church.
I've recently been studying the subject of child marriage in school and have discovered this a few articles that show child marriage among the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. It's a little unusual to see this. I wouldn't have a problem with it if the couples were around the same age and at least over puberty but these couples have large age differences!
This blog article includes a video which shows a priest who married a very young girl:
This includes two pictures of Ethiopian Orthodox young married girls:
Cantor, rest assured my brother although your concern is much appreciated regarding not being offensive, when it comes to this particular subject it is quite unnecessary
as to me believe me its not those who talk about it that offend me rather those who deny the condition of women and girls in these parts of the country that make me furious. but my emotions are irrelevant so lets go back to the topic at hand. this ancient cultural practice is a sad reality in need of addressing hopefully by those who are capable of altering it.
for your perspective regarding your school work i will say at least in these regions of Ethiopia( extremely conservative regions both christian and Muslim) as I do not know the details in other countries.. those that marry children in this way do so with a strict honor code ie the two families swear an oath that forbids sexual intercourse until the girl reaches her puberty ie until she menstruates or at least she is 15. until then she will be raised in the family of her husband as part of the children making his family her family. when she reaches puberty both will leave for their new home that will be built for them and the consummation will be witnessed, that she is a virgin asserted.
they say they do this in order to ease the transition between families and so they will accept her as she will accept them as part of her family and the marriage will not suffer as a result of behavioral adjustment needed when joining the husband's families.
as logical as that might be in the social dynamics of the society, the problem is those oaths are frequently broken, and the compensation of honor given to the girl's family leaving the girl in a dire situation. sometimes when those compensations are rejected by the girl's family and the marriage is dissolved the girl is considered a divorcee and that by itself has a social repercussions on the girl.
we are talking about girls being forced to have sex with an adult when their bodies are not physically ( let us not forget that these regions are extremely conservative for the children to even be psychologically prepared for the act of sex so I am leaving that as a given in this discussion)ready for it, you can perhaps imagine the consequences of that kind of brutalization, these children if they survive without having trauma such as vaginal tearing and fistulas, their ordeal continues with a repeated rape that might result in pregnancy without a fully developed body to accommodate Childbearing. child labor when the mother is a child herself in the meager medical capacity of those regions its one of the most gruesome horror shows, that often ends with both child and mother dying. if the mother survives it by some miracle without any permanent physical damage then there will be a repeat of that scene in a year's time.
I could go on dear Cantor, but I feel I am preaching to the Choir so I will let it rest here. My dear brother,as you might be aware, the condition of the majority of women in this world leaves much to be desired. things are changing though slowly but surely resistance comes from all sides, like all issues of society those that wear the garb of religion / politics are on both sides of the debate. the future though is bright, change for the better is unstoppable no matter how long it takes in these parts of the world anyways. right now creating awareness itself is part of the solution we all want to get.