Build Healthy Relationships in100 Rwandan Couples

Sep 17, 2012

Protecting law

As the project continues teaching the community about any way to handle domestic violence, These last months we are performing among our target couples the following story. In the play there is a woman who uses to deliver dead babies. For the first time, the husband and whole family gave condolences to the wife. Then the couple continues living in harmony. After one year and half, she became pregnant again. The family looked after a professional doctor who will be doing the follow up to the progress of the pregnancy. After nine months she delivered a dead baby. The conflict started, and the husband's family refused to burry the baby at their place saying that they don't like any evil wife. Then friend came and discuss about the issue, final they accepted bearing a burden of burring the body.

Since then the husband are asked to marry a new wife so that he can have a baby. One day he took the wife out in order to discuss the issue of divorce. The wife thought that he has a plan to kill her, she refused the invitation. When the husband came back home, he wanted to say any thing for one week, so the wife get worried. Then the wife ask the husband what going on, he replied any thing. The wife decided to go back home to her mom who is a widow, but she phoned her first. The mom told her that you have to be submissive to any request from your husband that how we have been since the beginning, doesn't come here. The next day the husband gave another invitation, and then she accepted.

They had a long discussion of divorce issue, the wife refused for one condition, no longer giving birth to a dead baby. In a few months she got pregnant again and by the end the baby also died. The family sat down and says, this is enough, they went direct to the authority in charge divorce delivery, and curiously they have been told that there is no law admitting divorce according to not bearing a child.

This story is showing the image of the culture barriers toward a developing community.


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Gretchen Wallace

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