Photos from the Field: Child Marriage

Child Marriage

This is a young, expectant mother who lives near Butajira, Ethiopia. She was married at 13 and will deliver her first child at 15. She walked to this “lie and wait” house (pictured above) because of excessive bleeding. She lives 30 minutes up in the mountains of southern Ethiopia from the “lie and wait” house. She has never seen a health extension worker and has never been to a health post. Her experience, once again, underscores how difficult it is for Africans who live in the most remote areas of a country to access quality health care.

Her mother, who is now 38, was also married very young, at age 12. She now has eight children. Her youngest is three months old.


Photos: jennifer james

4 Comments Add yours

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    I will never forget this day Jennifer, meeting the mom and her pregnant daughter. It was by far the most impactful moment of the trip.


    1. I agree, Nicole. These final stories made the 6 hr round trip worth it. I hope to go back one day to learn more about these women who live in the highlands.


      1. thirdeyemom says:

        I fell in love with Ethiopia Jennifer. Just like you said, it is such a magical place. Now I’m craving to go back. I have to see more someday. I fell in love with the magic of Africa and its people.


  2. Katie says:

    Wow, really puts our easy lives into perspective.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s