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In the remote southern regions of Malawi, a violent tradition is practised on young women. Girls who reach puberty are forced to have sex with a "hyena", a man chosen by their family. Strict rules surround this rape, which is organised in the utmost secrecy. Despite being outlawed, the ancient practice endures.
This report was co-financed by the Rotary magazine’s young TV reporter prize.
Girls in southern Malawi have no say in the matter. As soon as they get their first period, they are made to spend the night with a man chosen by their family - called a "hyena" - to mark their passage to womanhood. Locals believe this "sexual cleansing" ritual is necessary to "purify" the young women and protect them from serious illnesses. But for the girls, it’s a traumatic event: rape, which can result in an unwanted pregnancy.
"Hyenas" are men chosen by the community and recruited in secret by the girls’ parents. They are paid to have these forced sexual relations. And they never use protection: a disaster in a country where 10% of the population is HIV-positive. The figure is even higher in this poor region, where 16% of inhabitants carry the virus.
The practice is now banned, but in rural Malawi, old traditions die hard and enforcing the law is difficult. Yet mentalities are slowly changing, and people are beginning to speak out against this custom. Female district chiefs and NGOs have already begun the long struggle so that one day, girls in Malawi will no longer be victims of this tradition.
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This is a terrible and outdated procedure.we are so lucky in britain.i agree with people who are saying that the older women force these girls to do it because it is what happened to them.and so it will continue.
Aww bless no desk no computer no books. All the things we take for granted. Black men need to protect and you have every accept you have failed you are a complete let down. Raping young girls shameless man.🤷🏾♀️🤷🏾♀️🤷🏾♀️
I fail to see how having your teenage daughter raped by a pederast male predator can protect her against disease and pregnancy?
Bloody shameful how uneducated and backward these traditions are!
Stop teaching women to please men and start teaching them to care for themselves! Give them the skills they need to make better choices and earn a living! By giving women options they become more free and then their children will have choices the parents never dreamed possible within their lifetime. Give women hope and watch 5hem change their world
One day a horny old man sat under a tree and thought to himself..how can i have sex with a young girl without being labeled a rapist/pedophile? i know! ill invent something called 'sexual cleansing'!..F traditions start reasoning! smh
The town "Elder" keeps the ritual going because she wants to make sure everybody gets it like she did. Miserable old
hag. I just bet she's "heard" of plenty of horrible side effects if you don't adhere to their disgusting traditions. smh
I don't think they know its wrong. They werent taught our culture's. And saying it makes them better wives???? Well they have been scarred. How can they go on to be with anyine else??? Sad. I read a story a girl was forced into marriagr by her uncle to another uncle....13 and he was well over 50. She jumped into a lake of crocodiles.... sad! Will she go to heaven?
France should be ashamed to talk about african problems since it has been milking the continent of its resources doing the worst things a human being can do to its fellow human being. To think that many countries desire to have the wealth and success that countries like France, the uk, usa. Have without thinking about the atrocities these countries have done to achieve that. How can we ever have a more peacefull world if we dont respect each other
The elder women should lay down with the hyenas. The man clearly stated that he was HIV positive, therefore this awful society is literally destroying the lives of these young, first through rape and then through disease and possibly children. SMH. Absolutely disgusting 😷😷😷😷
The lady sitting with the cheif in the purple skirt is the same woman teaching the girls to strip! What a hypocrite! You can see the wickedness in her face! 🤢Gross!
Edit : like for real shes literally wearing the same outfit! I hope the cheif see this!
I don’t think they should have shown the naked bodies of the girls in this documentary. They should have blurred it. In the end these are young girls. What I don’t understand is why blurred the hyenas faces but not the girls bodies? That’s just not right at all.
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