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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 just pissed me off how can you allow your young daughter to sleep with an old dirty men at a young age they mentioned that the cleansing keeps away diseases but u have young girls catching HIV /AIDS ugh I can’t I am pissed
If there was no ritual the role of the elders would be obsolete. No use for these old woman, no respect, no status, nothing. So in order to avoid being discarded to the real hyenas they use fear and hogwash to convince everyone their services are needed.
If you're so proud, why choose to conceal your identity?! And how the heck does being raped enable/promote resistance to skin problems, respiratory problems etc?! This opted for ignorance runs deep. You hope for change ASAP but...
seriously man. how can people be so nil? how can people be so heartless and cruel? babies are tortured and traumatized under the guise of "massage". infants brutally getting their genitals mutilated everyday, even in the U.S.. children are being raped and knowingly infected with HIV. All in the name of "tradition". screw tradition! I'm sorry, but if your fore fathers did some whack a$$ s*÷t and call it "tradition", then it's time to man or, woman up and put an end to all this debauchery. for Christ sakes man! there is too much evil in the world. I weep for humanity and pray for all the helpless children who fall victim to "tradition".
They keep making more babies and problems keep going on...Its endless evil child rape.....let me get my hands on those evil bitches....I'll show them what traditions are..sick sick parents. They are not parents..parents PROTECT THEIR KIDS...THESE ARE PIMPS..EVIL PIMPS
I don’t get why in every culture women somehow always have to do what men want and are always seem as then men I have a boy and two girls I’m rising them to respect each other no matter what their sex is they are the same and have the same capacity to learn anything
These lies they tell themselves to justify arranging rape for these girls is disgusting. Instead, they're encouraging the spread of HIV. These women just want these girls to share their pain, and guarantee this "tradition" was once a justification by some sick man or a desperate woman who didn't want to acknowledge this is wrong. No problem with eventually teaching a girl how to have sex, but this rape is so wrong, it is inhumane. The chief lady is amazing, so glad she's banned the hyena.
Tradition and cleansing rituals?!! what nonsense this is RAPE these woman are letting young girls who are not ready for sex being raped just because it's tradition .why not at least give a girl to someone she likes rather than just a random person it's wrong 😢😢👎👎
This is crazy as hell and the parents need to be jailed. How is this cleanzing them when you are raping and defiling them.What kind of ritual is this. These youngs girls are being exposed to HIV and Aides what kind od customs are these. What kind of life is this for your children no education and stuck in a loveless marriage.
Those are just foolish mad women who only knows sex is life...shallow minded old fools shame on you all!!!now how do you control the HIV pandemic??? You are just wiping out the innocent foolish customs...fools
Hyenas how appropriate mongrel dogs hiv positive old men and they continue have sex with the young girls, no wonder the rest of there ceremony was secret it was headed to an orgy, these people need to be bought in to line with the modern laws they are spreading damned aids these are horrific crimes that is destroying Africa...
+Samuel If you haven't found Jesus you have not understood life yet he is only profit to raise from dead, intelligent design is the Fibonacci sequence and the golden mean Phi i hope this helps you really see and yes this video is heinous and barbaric criminal
People can change the customs and rituals if they want to because these customs and rituals also started by some human being!
Do something for yourself women you can do wonders if you want to! Its all about how you do it🙌
What the hell , are these people brainless mostly the elder ones .....just effing....
Sorry but I have to say ..... these black people are disgusting!!!! Even the women don't fight for their rights....it's like hell in ground....
Exposing your daughter to unprotected sex with a sex worker? That makes no damn sense. It exposes them to disease, not protect them. And then they get expelled from school for being pregnant??? You're condemning them to a life a uneducated poverty.
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