The Rebellion of the Child Brides Tanzanian Women Fight to Stop Genital Mutilation and Cycles of Suffering

Girls in the rural areas of Tanzania are often trapped in a cycle that includes female genital mutilation, forced marriage and teen pregnancy. Women in the country are now fighting to free the next generation from the suffering and oppression.
A self-help group for mothers in Tanzania

A self-help group for mothers in Tanzania

Foto: Tobias Zuttmann
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Namayani Saruni (right) with her child and another woman from the self-help group

Namayani Saruni (right) with her child and another woman from the self-help group

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Björn Rohwer

Saruni with Ndidai Naata, who used to carry out female circumcisions.

Saruni with Ndidai Naata, who used to carry out female circumcisions.

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Tobias Zuttmann

Mackrine Shao-Rumanyika

Mackrine Shao-Rumanyika

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Hannah Lesch

A marriage had already been arranged for Naishooki Laizer (left) even before she was born.

A marriage had already been arranged for Naishooki Laizer (left) even before she was born.

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Björn Rohwer

Lawyer Rebeca Gyumi enjoyed a victory at Tanzania's High Court.

Lawyer Rebeca Gyumi enjoyed a victory at Tanzania's High Court.

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Tobias Zuttmann

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