Thursday, February 6, 2014
Primitive Africa: Girls as young as ten are being sent to initiation camps in Malawi to be taught about how to have sex and in some cases lose their virginity
The girls are told by their families that they are attending a camp with their friends, but when they arrive they are shown how to have sex and told that they must lose their "child dust" as soon as they can or they will get a skin disease. The horrifying practice is not new - it is a time-honored ritual passed through generations and the girls are sent by their families to make sure they are accepted into their communities as adults. Malawi, like most countries is Southern Africa is facing an AIDS crisis that has orphaned at least half a million children so far. During the initiation ceremonies, many girls have to have unprotected sex with a man to prepare them for womanhood. Without undergoing this process, a girl was considered to be a child and was therefore illegible for marriages.