17 Year Old Forced Into Marriage in Sierra Leone
In Worreh Mankankry, a village in Bombali district, the northern province of Sierra Leone, a 17 year old teenager, Mazizi Christo Turay, has been forcefully handed in marriage to a 50 year old man, Alpha Kamara.
The girl’s father, Mohamed Lamin Turay, head of the Poro Society and community chief, according to family sources, is believed to be in the same secret society (Poro) with Alpha Kamara where the two had mutual agreement of giving his teenage daughter, Mazizi Christo Turay, in marriage to Alpha Kamara.
The victim, whose mother left her father when she was only 14 years old due to ill treatment from her father, is now used as the sacrifice for the Poro society agreement between her father and the forceful husband in question.
Her efforts in trying to resist this ungodly act from her father is yielding no dividend but rather continuously putting her at loggerheads with her father and other family members. Her father is persistently giving death threats to her with daily maltreatment including severe beatings one of which left her body severely wounded. Her father has made life very miserable due to her reluctance in accepting the man he wants her to marry.
Contacting Mr. Turay, the father of the victim on the said issue, in an adamant tone told me that he can even go to the extent of killing his daughter if she defies his orders. He further told me that his daughter is now in hiding, to which he believes, one Abdulai Kuyateh, the boyfriend of his daughter and for whom his daughter has been reluctant to obey his orders, is behind this recent development. Mr. Mohamed Lamin Turay also added that he had an agreement with Mr. Alpha Kamara of initiating all male children of his daughter when they shall have given birth but his daughter is proving otherwise. He therefore told me that he is going to search for his daughter in every corner and when he finds her, she either agrees to marry the man he had chosen for her or have her killed.
This medium is therefore calling on all authorities concerned to come to the rescue of Mazizi Christo Turay, whose life is at stake because of her refusal to go into early marriage.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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