Polygamy persists across Africa, to activists’ dismay

1000 (2)Source: Associated Press

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The suspicion of a third wife was planted in Irene Atenyo’s mind when her husband could not account for his most recent pay.

When she confronted him, he beat her “like an animal” and briefly kicked her out, she said. She winced as she recalled his confession days later of being involved with a student.

“My fear is I am home settled, being faithful to an unfaithful man, but who knows what kind of disease he will carry for me home?” the 27-year-old fruit vendor in Uganda’s capital told The Associated Press.

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