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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:01 AM

Zimbabwe: Ruramai's Story - International Human Rights Day 2012

Zimbabwe: Ruramai's Story - International Human Rights Day 2012
BY MADZIMBABWE, 10 DECEMBER 2012

Ruramai was married young, at 15. The age of sexual consent in Zimbabwe is 16.

When she got married, her now late husband, Simbarashe, was a self-employed cross-border trader who spent most of his time travelling to faraway places such as Dar-es-Salam, Lusaka, Gaborone and Johannesburg to buy clothing for resale back home. This is a common pastime for many in Zimbabwe, a country with an employment rate estimated at over 90 percent.

Ruramai's father, Zakaria, is a polygamist with six wives and 29 children. Ruramai's mother is 'wife number two', and she has five daughters. Zakaria is old and unemployed, feeding his large family through subsistence farming.

Ruramai's entire life has been one of being at the receiving end of violence against women.


More: http://allafrica.com/stories/201212101561.html

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