Archive for child abuse

Child Brides of East and West Africa

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, Mother Africa, Our Health with tags , , on September 16, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Why would a man marry a child? In Africa girls as young as 7 are forced to marry men age 20 and over. At this age children’s minds and bodies are still developing. Forcing children to perform as adults is abusive. As a result girls suffer both mentally and physically. At age 7 girls should be in school and at play. These functions are important in development. Because their bodies are not developed enough for sex or giving birth tears between their bladder, vagina, and rectum occur. This condition is called obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula robs thousands of girls of urine and bowel control. She is then rejected by both her husband and community. The problem does not stop there. Left untreated it could lead to infections, kidney failure, and death. Other problems that occur are:

  • Children of child brides are at higher risk of developmental diseases.
  • Child brides are at higher risks of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Child brides are not educated.
  • Child brides often have at least 5 children.
  • Child brides often live in poverty.
  • Child brides often endure abuse from their husbands and in-laws.
  • Child brides suffer high mortality rates.

Marrying young girls is a violation of human rights. When sex is involved it is legalized rape of a child. Even in countries where it is not legal, it is accepted, and often expected. Parents are willing to sell their daughters into marriage because girls are not valued as much as boys. In many countries this is just the start of limited rights for women. The role of women is often reduced to:

  • Providing sex
  • Giving birth
  • Performing hard labor

Witness Female Genital Mutilation

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Humanity, Mother Africa, Our Health with tags , on June 18, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Female Genital Mutilation has been the subject of news reports, blogs, and so forth. Most of us are visual people who do not get the full effect of this issue until witnessing the cutting of these young girls. Although it is often called female circumcision, do not mistake it for the sterile neonatal circumcision of males. It is far more evasive  than the removal of foreskin. There are no health advantages involved.

This film provides the same information that you have previously been given in posts here at Mijiza’s Blog, but with illustrations.  Prepare to be shocked!

An Apology for the Stolen Generation

Posted in HISTORY, Oceania with tags , , , on May 26, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Many Aboriginal people do not know their origins, who their relatives are, which tribe they are descended from or the names or the manes of their parents and or grandparents. They are a stolen generation (also known as the lost generation). – PAPA People Assisting Parents Association

The Stolen Generation

From 1910 to 1970 an estimated 100,000 Aboriginal children were taken from their families by government authorities and placed into church or state institutions. Most were under the age of five. Many suffered physical and sexual abuse.

Authorities did not educate these children because they were expected to do domestic and farming work. The children were told their families were dead. Families were not allowed to visit or write.

Federal and state government policy was to remove Aboriginal children, especially those of mixed descent, from their parent with the claimed motive of assimilating them into European society.  As a result these children grew up:

  • With a lack of self esteem
  • Suicidal
  • Violent
  • Delinquent
  • Insecure
  • Alcohol and drug dependent
  • Unable to trust
  • Without parenting skills

The Aboriginal community was profoundly damaged by these genocide policies.

An official apology was made to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples.

Modern Day Slavery

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, Mother Africa with tags , , , on May 19, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the 17th to 19th centuries was not the end of slavery. Countries in West and Central Africa, the Sudan, India, Pakistan, and the Dominican Republic are still engaged in this barbaric and inhuman practice.

Modern day slavery is the practice of:

  • Enslaving laborers to pay debts
  • Enslaving children as servants
  • Enslaving children, women, and men as sex workers

They are held in bondage to work without pay in inhumane conditions.  When they are bought and sold as property it is called Human Trafficking.

Read reports of trickery to lure people to foreign countries for supposed opportunities which are actually entrapments into slavery.

Read stories in the words of former enslaved children and women .

There are 27 million people enslaved around the world. Join the re-abolish slavery cause!