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End child marriages, now!

It is heartbreaking to hear that in this day and era, there are still underaged girls who are being married off! It should be a disgrace in a democratic Africa, especially in a state that boasts of 41 years of independence that a 14-year-old girl is someone’s wife. That a 14-year-old girl died giving birth, why? She’s just a child herself. She’s a minor who is supposed to be protected. Someone should be held responsible for her death.

What will it take to completely eradicate such gross human rights violations which are at times passed on as religious beliefs!

Social media is abuzz over the death of 14-year-old Memory Machaya who passed away during child birth and whose death, no-one has been arrested for. At 14, she had no business being in labour.

Labour is for women, not girls. I remember when I gave birth to my last child almost 13 years ago, I cried so much and vowed to never ever get pregnant again. It was the most painful experience ever. And I was in a hospital in lovely Johannesburg. A luxury that young Memory was never allowed.

Some are enraged that the police are only acting because of the uproar on social media. Why should they wait for social media to react?

Enough is enough of child marriages! This should end and it should end, now. Sign a petition below for justice for Memory.


About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


2 thoughts on “End child marriages, now!

  1. God Bless you. Child marriage is child rape. Let’s be honest about this. The sexual exploitation of minor children happens constantly in every country. I am tired of leaders pretending they don’t know it is happening.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by cindy knoke | Aug 13, 2021, 06:32
    • Thank you so much Cindy. It’s very true, these leaders just turn a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of minors and it’s disheartening. They’re just greedy and selfish leaders we have in our society today.


      Posted by Connie V | Aug 13, 2021, 06:46

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