Although poverty in America is a real problem, those living in third-world impoverished countries in the Middle East and Africa have things much harder.
Clean water and shelter are not guaranteed and they also have to deal with social wrongs that are not acceptable in America.
Women who live in Ethiopia, among other countries in the region, must face a harsh reality. Abduction, rape, and forced marriage are real threats to their freedom and liberty as women.
In Ethiopia, kidnapping of young girls is part of the marriage custom, according to NBC News.
A shocking majority of 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are forced by abduction. But because these marriages happen in the rural, impoverished parts of the country where 78 million people live, the police and forces of justice are unable to reprimand the criminals.
Thankfully nature has a way of looking out for what is right…
When a 12-year-old girl got abducted and beaten into submission by a group of men, she thought her life as a relatively free woman was over.
Her father and mother had warned her about abductions and she had carefully avoided strange men all her life.
But the men caught her when she was vulnerable and tried to force her into a marriage. She was missing from her family for an entire week. Meanwhile, her abductors beat her and tried to force her to submit to their cruelties.
Her family called the police and the cops went out looking for the little girl – but they had little hope. Many young women are abducted in Ethiopia and the police are powerless to help.
But then three lions came and scared away the girl’s imprisoners.
When the police finally caught up with the 12-year-old outside Bita Genet, the three lions stood guard over her beaten and bloodied body. The big cats had chased away the girl’s captors before they could sell her into a forced marriage.
Sgt. Wodnimu Wedajo of the police force says, “They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest. “If the lions had not come to her rescue, then it could have been much worse.
Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage,” he said.
Wildlife expert Stuart Williams thinks that the little girl’s crying might have been the thing that saved her life. He suspects the lions reacted to her “call” and came to her rescue.
“A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her.”
- The girl’s town is hailing her rescue and return as a miracle.
“Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people,” Wondimu said.
When the young lady was brought back to her family, she was “shocked and terrified” by the abuse she had suffered.
She was the youngest of four siblings. She was treated for her cuts from the beatings and is recovering.
Four of the kidnappers were arrested. Three were still at large.
Watch the video below for some more information about this miraculous rescue.
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