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Malawi: Girls victims of 'sexual cleansing' ritual

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Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN 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. http://www.france24.com/en/reporters Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en
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Nana Biney (9 hours ago)
This is madness. Your ruin the lives of innocent girls in the name of rituals and tradition? This is wickedness.
Thinh Nguyen (16 hours ago)
I came here cause of richest person compairaison Like if u did
Saida love (17 hours ago)
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
Faelle Bien-Aimé (2 days ago)
So they vide the guys face but not the girl?! So pissed
dielah12 (3 days ago)
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.
Awakened Angel (3 days ago)
This is so dumb and f**** up
Aqua K (3 days ago)
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...
Third Eye (3 days ago)
Think about this the next time you see twerking being promoted and think it's cute.
Author GCP (3 days ago)
Where is the UN in this situation? Not worth it? If only those young girls owned oil. They would be protected immediately
Linda Obirapu (3 days ago)
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against wickedness in high places Ephesians 6:12
Serene Whedon (4 days ago)
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".
Dorothy Whitehead (4 days ago)
A woman chief 👍
Bonnie Beams (4 days ago)
Get some damn education in there. OMG Right away. Disgusting.
Ann A (4 days ago)
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
Ann A (4 days ago)
Say NO with a knife IN YOUR HAND
miapdx (1 day ago)
A child, even armed with a knife, cannot stop these grown men.
Ann A (4 days ago)
It's sick and evil evil evil......let kids be kids and have a life...you sick parents.....your all crazy and nuts
Ann A (4 days ago)
These women need to be beat. To death
Ann A (4 days ago)
These men need to be shot
Ann A (4 days ago)
This is so much evil evil witch craft......these PEOPLE are raping children and they are mentally sick in the head
Alba Gutierrez (4 days ago)
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
Amrit Tanti (5 days ago)
They are even Paid! So disgusting
Chimi S (5 days ago)
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.
odddity (5 days ago)
There are some traditions that needs to be preserved and some that needs to be eradicated, like this one, which is probably made up.
Michelle R (5 days ago)
This is disgusting!
Tiana Brinkley (5 days ago)
nkosingiphile nxumalo (6 days ago)
this man deserve to die .he is selfish the worse thing is that he is hiv positive infecting young girls.i hope the baby is not infected ,this is sad
Laratisha Henley (9 days ago)
This is digisting
Kimesha Morrison (9 days ago)
these dirty elders lord I'm asking you to protect the girls
Coop Fam (9 days ago)
So if you don't meet them you get sick. Get the hell out of here!!!!
Hope Hope's (10 days ago)
What the hell .Absolute which craft
Genesis4:21 (10 days ago)
This evil practice makes labour more difficult. More chance on death or braindamage with children. Horrible. Lets pray for them to stop this practice.
Jay J. (10 days ago)
Queen O (11 days ago)
So he rapping young girl and he knows he has aids WTF!!!! Smfh this is another level of wicked Satan's work!
Trill Fly (11 days ago)
They are rightfully called “Hyenas”. The men never suffer any these stupid traditions and rituals. So barbaric! Sick!
acajudi100 (12 days ago)
Arrest the parents and the women teaching them how to have sex also. teach the children to tell.
Cameron S. (12 days ago)
I wonder if this is part of why Africans are not apart of the 12 tribes of the Bible.
Cameron S. (12 days ago)
Samael what Bible are you referring to?? I’m talking about the KJV and how is it the leading cause of problems??
Nia Liamon (13 days ago)
You pay a man to have sex without a condom with your baby girl?
OhSheila (13 days ago)
Can we form a group and go there and crack the dirty “hyenas ” and “elders” in their head and call that ritual cleansing?? Im so angry at this!!!🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬
Nataly Mejia (14 days ago)
Unknown (14 days ago)
@ 7:06 even though I don't understand their language, it just seemed like she didn't even believe what she was saying!
Stephanie Dominique (14 days ago)
The real problem is the lack of education. I can't believe people believe HIV is prevented by rape...
JustSexy SerbianGirl (15 days ago)
People with traditions like this should be cleansed from world.
Tamara Black (15 days ago)
The devil's work on lost people
Hamdi Omar (15 days ago)
Hyena is the ugliest animal
I LOVEEE food! (16 days ago)
What is hiv and aids
Lorraine Marshall (17 days ago)
Backward, ignorant and so very wrong. These elders and hyenas, need put down, like the animals that are rabid.
20ilunga (17 days ago)
Traditions is connected to witchcraft
Cindy Newell (17 days ago)
Are we really humans,is sex all men think about,what is wrong with us.this is insane.the woman has to pay the price for the men's sick sick praticce
Safia Ahmed (18 days ago)
Pretty Allen (18 days ago)
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 😢😢👎👎
Helen Ntlokwana (18 days ago)
Aaaah gaaah sies man! These "elders" are disgusting for doing this to these poor girls.
DigitalGidget (18 days ago)
I don't know why I watch these because they just get mw riled up and angry and society and just itching to pick a fight about women's rights
Baby j charles (18 days ago)
wat manner of fuckery is this u rather rape an take Innocence from a child for 11usd than to wok for more money
JoAnna Edssay (18 days ago)
FGM, Sexual cleansing, ffs when will these horrors end.
Eugenie Lee (18 days ago)
This is damn crazy.
Lily Ann (18 days ago)
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.
Alan Godden (19 days ago)
The level of ignorance and denial to justify these crimes is unacceptable its got to be stopped the Un should step in and apprehend these old hyenas
Saun Drea (19 days ago)
How the hell it's frowned upon, but they are the ones forcing them to have sex??🤦
Lasha Mit (20 days ago)
proud?! sick bastards. these men should be castrated
Boitumelo Tshwenyego (21 days ago)
Our African barbaric acts
Aries Arabas (21 days ago)
What a stupid tradition. Please educate this people.
Laide Tomiye (22 days ago)
I shall not be well with the people enforcing this ungodly traditional practices at the expense of young innocent lives in JESUS mighty name
So the man has kids with all the woman in the village mmmmm its sad
Jerlyn Salamangca (24 days ago)
GALING mag twerk...
Sophia Quereshi (25 days ago)
So weird
free boy (27 days ago)
Stupid customs,stupid beliefs,stupid culture. You have a brain in your head but not able to use it.
zoloman depson (27 days ago)
Africa practice evils costume
Tobacco Worm (28 days ago)
Paid to rape. I can't believe we live in the 21st century.
kays Kangwa (29 days ago)
And what is sexual productive hethe..pronounced from that teacher??? Mmmmmm I wonder what language these people speaks..
Naiga Prossy (28 days ago)
kays Kangwa (29 days ago)
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
leth romano (30 days ago)
Alan Godden (1 month ago)
Damned Islam and their barbarism its time Islam was banned its a evil barbaric cult
Alan Godden (19 days ago)
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...
Alan Godden (19 days ago)
+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
Alan Godden (1 month ago)
Legalized paedophilia these people are destined to stay in the stone age while they practise these abominable practises until they find Jesus and salvation
خلود علي (1 month ago)
Bad tradition indeed😡
mohamed warsame (1 month ago)
Tragedy really. These hyenas should be hanged to death
Judith Bailey (1 month ago)
Sad 😔 DUNCE at its highest..... And they call it tradition??? So they give these young girls AIDS and call it custom and tradition??? How are they purify ????
Molemo Kgoele (1 month ago)
Those men are called hyenas because they steal the virginity and happiness of the woman they rape for the sake of their own financial and physical satisfaction Scavenging thieves just like real hyenas
A passage rite? What the hell?! My cultures rite of passage is having to wear a tacky ball gown while your family members that you barely know get drunk and eat bomb Mexican food.
Marinela Donisa (1 month ago)
Vai ce viata duc acolo ...
anais samira (1 month ago)
Sadie Peart (1 month ago)
It's sad. They need education. Sad, sad, sad. That practice or tradition is exploitation of the female. That's really degrading. On the other hand the male is enjoying themselves. Sad
Ranbir Singh (1 month ago)
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🙌
Bella denoria (1 month ago)
first you guys stop calling it as a ritual.. Its a RAPE x-(
Mary Jean Delgado (1 month ago)
Poor mind.
I want to do something for womens ,letters is not enough ..............
Jane Njenga (1 month ago)
Why should loose virginity for stupidity
Aziz Hoq (1 month ago)
HIV hyenas
Aziz Hoq (1 month ago)
Girls who don't meet the hyenas can develope respiratory illnesses 😂😂😂😂
Aziz Hoq (1 month ago)
And other skin diseases 😂😂😂😂
Aziz Hoq (1 month ago)
Ridiculous shite .... unbelievable world we live in ..
S c (1 month ago)
Sick get rid of that practice
PA A (1 month ago)
stupid people ! shame on you !People have their rights to choose with whom they want to have sex!So stupid so evil!
Ash Kesh (1 month ago)
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....
Jeffrey Banez (1 month ago)
The product of ignorance..
Black Tigress (1 month ago)
What a f*cking tradition..,this is one of the worst tradition i heard.. a tradition who destroys every young girls..
Anton Lavey007 (1 month ago)
6:36 the real culprit
K Fallon (1 month ago)
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.
Bruno Macedo (1 month ago)
Royal Wigz (2 months ago)
The whole thing I was like (what) (TF) (Oh H### naw$
zandile singwane (2 months ago)
How do you get in touch when you want to help? Am so touched
Jeannetta Joy (2 months ago)
That's disgusting to ruin these girls lives! Can't they just give them a book or talk to them about sex or is that to sane?

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