At the age of 14, just beginning her physical transformation into being a woman, a child bride is forced into marrying a man twice her age in a sub-Saharan African village. With life expectancy in the 40s, this man dies, leaving little wealth except acquired “property.” In standing with village customs, the wife (or property) is passed on to his brother, who is known to carry HIV.
A few years later, this young woman gives birth to a baby with microcephaly. The villagers, who lack knowledge about medical disorders, only see the shrunken head of the child as a curse. Quickly, this woman, her children Continue reading