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Left to die
Mauda was probably the one suffering the most. She could still feel the excruciating pain of her oversized belly even though her seven month old baby was no longer inside. She had lost it hours earlier after receiving repeated beatings from her father and her older brother. Her mistake had been conceiving this baby out of wedlock. As local custom dictated, she was abandoned on the island to die so that the family would not have to bear the shame any longer. Her only hope was that some impoverished man from another village lacking sufficient means for a dowry would rescue her and take her as his wife.

Left to die
Mauda was probably the one suffering the most. She could still feel the excruciating pain of her oversized belly even though her seven month old baby was no longer inside. She had lost it hours earlier after receiving repeated beatings from her father and her older brother. Her mistake had been conceiving this baby out of wedlock. As local custom dictated, she was abandoned on the island to die so that the family would not have to bear the shame any longer. Her only hope was that some impoverished man from another village lacking sufficient means for a dowry would rescue her and take her as his wife.

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