Child Marriage| 23mins
Director: John Howarth and Nancy Durell McKenna | Producer: Nancy Durrell McKenna
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United Kingdom
She is ten years old, he is fourteen. This is their wedding day. The ceremony, in the remote Amhara region of Northern Ethiopia, is conducted by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Half of all girls in Amhara will be married before they are fifteen, and may be promised in marriage even at the age of five.
Early marriage has many consequences for a girl. Pregnancy before her body is fully formed can lead to difficult and prolonged labor. If she survives, she could be left with permanent debilitating damage.
In this film we hear from the community itself. The parents, the priests and the prosecutors explain why tradition is so difficult to change, and the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church gives the Church's view on this harmful practice.
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