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Wed Mar 30, 2016, 08:43 AM

Malawi's fearsome chief, terminator of child marriages

Mtakataka, Malawi - The mild-mannered woman who zips around a farmhouse packed with knick-knacks and insists her guests eat a meal before any introductions, presents a character at odds with her fearsome reputation of being Malawi's top marriage terminator.

Thirteen years ago, Theresa Kachindamoto could not have conceived of ever leaving her job of 27 years as a secretary at a city college in Zomba, another district in Southern Malawi.

She had no desire to return home to Monkey Bay, a stunning cluster of mountains in Dedza District around Lake Malawi. Although she had the blood of chiefs - Malawi's traditional authority figures - running through her veins, as the youngest of 12 siblings, a woman, and a mother of five, Kachindamoto never expected to become a senior chief to the more than 100,000 people...

...She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways

"I told them: 'Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.'"

Last year, Malawi's parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18. But under customary law of the traditional authorities, and the constitution, Malawian children can still marry with parental consent.

A 2012 United Nations survey found that more than half of Malawi's girls were married before the age of 18. It ranked Malawi 8th out of 20 countries thought to have the highest child-marriage rates in the world.


http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/03/malawi-fearsome-chief-terminator-child-marriages-160316081809603.html

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Blue_Tires Mar 2016 OP
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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 09:48 AM

1. Fierce poverty, twelve year old girls having babies...

just horrific. Theresa Kachindamoto is my new hero.

Over the past three years, Kachindamoto has broken up more than 850 marriages, and sent all of the children involved back to school.


Thank you for bringing this here, Blue_Tires. Our lack of knowledge or concern for these people (read non-white) is appalling. I guess endless discussions of what Susan Sarandon thinks is vastly more important in the grand scheme of things.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 31, 2016, 02:18 PM

4. no problem, always happy to inform.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 10:09 AM

2. Bravo!

K&R!

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Wed Mar 30, 2016, 10:13 AM

3. Kick, kick, kick!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2016, 02:22 PM

5. Rec and kick

 

With the upmost admiration in my heart. That's a very special woman.

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