(7) Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
(8) We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
(9) If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
Kidnapped, Raped, and then sold for Bride Price is about the most humiliating thing to occur to any women. These things happen to young girls all over the world. There is an avenue, one that the Most High God designed. A young girl is not to be kidnapped, but to be truly loved; first by her Father. Then as she matures and is ready, she marries a man she truly loves; as her Father betroths and gives away his daughter to a man she loves. The Father trusts this man to do right by her. But although many take these vows, the men do not abide by this. This is the God given match from heaven.
Yet today continue to see the Kidnapping, Rape, and eventual Bride Price paid to the Kidnapper. But there are many who end up sexual slaves, bought and sold as chattel. The Song of Solomon above says “many waters cannot quench love”. For some this love is lust and their actions motivated by lust. But others, Love is true, everlasting, and is meant for men and women to truly have for each other.
I know, I can speak to being married, being in love, and truly blessed. For over four decades plus some years; have I been married to the same women. Still in love, still together; by the Grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ we will have many more years together… Dana Glenn Smith on the PULSE Writers blog!
Kidnapped, Raped, and then sold for Bride Price -Tanzania: Kupura
I have heard of this so often, read about it; and yet in the final analysis I believe the level of a Father’s morality must be at a stage I have never seen in order to do this. But poverty and custom are bedfellows and add to this tribal customs; then you may be able to understand why a Father would sell his daughter. For me, I simply cannot understand any Father; if indeed he is a true Father and Dad to the girl as to why he would do this thing.
In Tanzania and among the Sukura people, it is called ‘Kupura”, which is defined as the snatching of girls in broad daylight; although it is against the law. Related to this article Kupura, ‘Snatching of girls in broad daylight’ for Child brides
Kidnapped, Raped, and then sold for Bride Price: Kidnapping Young Christian Girls
In comparison, we find that in America the family has been under attack for many decades. Here there are atrocities within family units. So it is not without our own type of horrifying examples that we cannot stand as a judge. But yet, we do judge; and as I see this happening the main point is this: That the only truth here to consider is that a young girl was forced to marry some guy that she probably did not know.
You take a young Sukuma girl in this case, who was kidnapped in broad daylight by some whore of a young man who saw her, lusted after her, and took her. Then raping her over and over. This is tolerated in Tanzania and done quite openly. To me, such a thing is not only barbaric but it is atrocious that a Father could sell her daughter or if she is kidnapped, the girls parents would not go to police. Instead they find the kidnapper and make a deal with him. This example is found in the article on our WIBR/WARN Website.
However, this Kidnapping of young girls is done not just in Tanzania but also in many Islamic nations today where Christian girls are being kidnapped the same way. In Pakistan there were over ‘700 kidnappings of young Christian girls’ in 2014.
According to many Christian leaders, forced conversion to Islam is second only to false blasphemy accusations in issues affecting Pakistan’s vulnerable Christian community. According to a study by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan published in 2014, as many as 700 Christian women and girls, often between the ages of 12 and 25, are victimized this way each year.
In addition, we find the resurgence of bride-snatching and forced conversions in Upper Egypt. In this case Mariam, 16, was kidnapped on her way to school. In these cases, many times the young girls are never returned to their families. They are threatened, raped, and cooerced into becoming Muslim and marrying the man who kidnapped her. The threaten these young girls or their families with death if she does not follow through with it. But in this example of Mariam, unlike the rest in this series; was found in the home of her captor. In a police raid on the kidnappers home some two weeks after her abduction; the Police were able to free her from the kidnapper who is facing charges.. In this case International Christian concern says of the raid and freeing of Miriam:
The following day, May 26, police managed to raid an abandoned home in El-Isyan village where Mariam was being held captive. Ahmed was arrested and Mariam was returned to her family after two weeks of torture and abuse. Mariam is only one in a long line of Christian women and girls suffering extensive abuse at the hands of radical Islamists. From Pakistani Islam Forced Conversion Horrors ‘Testimony’
We find though, kidnapping of young girls occurs regularly around the world! In many Muslim nations we find that young Christian girls are targeted. In the Muslim kidnappings we find force conversions to go with rape. But in Tanzania we find custom, tradition, and the education of the people are major roadblocks to stopping this. Here we ask then ‘who are the Sukuma’?
Kidnapped, Raped, and then sold for Bride Price: Sukuma background
Furthermore in our quest to understand these issues; it is important to find out tribal customs and beliefs. The fact that Tanzania is found in Africa near the African Great Lakes region, does little to make us believe that this is not an African tribal custom that is in the continent itself and among all the tribes.
The Sukuma are a Bantu ethnic group inhabiting the southeastern African Great Lakes region. They are the largest ethnic group in Tanzania, with an estimated 5.5 million members or 16 percent of the country’s total population. Sukuma means “north” and refers to “people of the north.” The Sukuma refer to themselves as Basukuma (plural) and Nsukuma (singular). They speak Sukuma, which belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.
The Sukuma are today a combination of Spiritism, Animism, and some Christianity. Mix into this divination which is commonly found in Africa, a touch of magic, and then add the believe in Spirits and devils. There you have a common mix of african culture, although the regions of Africa differ greatly. You will find many times a mixture. The element of magic, spiritism, and divination is common for their tribal healer or holy man to use.
The Africa Inland mission began here in the early 1900’s but according to sources, among the Sukuma it never took root enough for a church. The Catholic missionaries who first came to the area battled the belief in divination, magic, and spiritism. But figures as to the real percentage of Christianity in the region, some estimates give a 10% figure as to the number of Christians among the Sukuma. While they are a friendly people today, change is not fast coming as tradition and custom are stronger bedfellows than change!
Kidnapped, Raped, and then sold for Bride Price : Tradition vs Law
This may explain why in the practices of living in such a society where kidnapping young girls is common and many get away with it. Modern times, though and education among the government of Tanzania has prompted attempts to correct behavior and re-educate the people. The procedure known as ‘Female genital mutilation’ was outlawed in Tanzania in 1998, yet in some regions it is still practiced. Further, Tanzania moved to protect the young girls and the kidnapping that goes on. But poverty and custom usually win out and the kidnapper walks free simply by paying a bride price.
The 1971 Marriage Act set the minimum age of marriage for girls at 15 with parental consent – but a girl of 14 could wed where judicial approval was given.
And while the 2009 Child Act did not expressly outlaw child marriage, it did define a child as a person under the age of 18, stating that a parent should “protect the child from neglect, discrimination, violence, abuse, exposure to physical and moral hazards and oppression”. Source
In this case from Tanzania the bride price for the young girl was 12 cows. Horrifying, the guy should of been shot! Instead he was paid 12 cows to foment the deal and the girl is still in horror! What we do to people in this world makes it hard to believe that we are the higher species on earth! The family who lost the young girl in this case was given 12 cows. The economic boost for the family cannot be denied. The family can continue on, but it cost them the life of their young daughter. As for the daughter, it is horrific!
These things sicken me and any bright optimism about the human race falls short of any next level of human evolution! This must be put to a stop! But writing this is alot easier than stopping it! …And you think you have problems!
The only evolution is through the Spirit of God and the blood of the covenant. Being redeemed to God our Father through our Lord Jesus Christ! Yes, spiritual evolution through Jesus Christ our LORD, that is the only truth I trust in!
Kidnapped, Raped, and then sold for Bride Price
A Commentary in the Writers Pulse by Dana Glenn Smith
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Dana Smith has written three books, and numerous E-books. He has written and published well over 10,000 articles in over 18 years on the WIBR/WARN sites.
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