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The Big Moment

by on June 28, 2013



The brides sat on the dark green tarp in the middle of the village and waited. They waited for four days.

On the fourth day they were finally carried out from underneath the makeshift tent. The groomsmen put the girls on their backs and hooded them with black shawls.

Yemikir is 9 and Tigiste is 12, or at least that is what they think. Neither of the brides know exactly how old they are.

The village men chanted and danced around them as they were carried to their grooms’ house. Yemikir and Tigiste kept their heads down and never said a word.



From → Early marriage

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