Drought fuels Moz rapes, child marriages

Drought fuels Moz rapes, child marriages

Drought fuels Moz rapes, child marriages

from ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – EXCRUCIATING drought has exposed young Mozambican girls to rape and forced marriages while sex trade is on the rise as women resort to desperate means to source food for families.

Women and girls are struggling more than ever to cope with the current drought, the worst in 35 years, aggravated by a powerful El Niño weather.

Men who traditionally migrate for seasonal work on farms and mines in South Africa are unable to return or send remittances.

Humanitarian organisation, CARE, said resultant desperation forced women to survival sex or other forms of exploitation in return for money and food.

Research also suggests an increase in child marriage, with families aiming to reduce the number of dependents in the family or cover expenses through the payment of a bride price.

Many girls are increasingly exposed to sexual and gender-based violence with girls as young as 11 or 12 years lured from water collection points by older men in exchange for food stocks or money.

Girls pregnant from the statutory rape are stigmatised by the community and family,” said Marc Nosbach, CARE Mozambique director.

Over 1 million in the Southern African country require food aid.

– CAJ News






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