Eritrean men ordered to marry two wives or risk jail

January 26, 2016

Activists have posted a memo allegedly by the Government of Eritrea asking men to marry at least two wives due to acute shortage of men occasioned by casualties during the civil war with Ethiopia.

In the statement written in Arabic assures of government support to the polygamous marriages.

The activists translate it thus, “Based on the law of God in polygamy, and given the circumstances in which the country is experiencing in terms of men shortage, the Eritrean department of Religious Affairs has decided on the following .”

First that every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.

“The woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be punished to life imprisonment,” alleges the activists in their translation.

And Kenyans have reacted to these announcements with bemusement with some suggesting if they could change their citizenship immediately and take advantage of the new laws in the country.

“At this rate, I can see the Eritrea Government spreading new embassy outlets in Kakamega, Embu, Siaya and Busia counties to help hasten visa processing,” said one Kenyan on facebook.

“He is so so considerate of women! That’s good of him,” said another.

The Standard could not immediately authenticate the document nor the translation and it was not clear why the statement was not in the other two national languages, Tigrinya and Tigre.

The May 1998 to June 2000 Eritrean-Ethiopian war saw 150,000 soldiers killed from either sides but having a bigger impact on male population in the tiny Eritrea nation who were then just 4 million people in total

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5 Responses to Eritrean men ordered to marry two wives or risk jail

  1. Elias

    January 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    why you post such dirty propaganda and joke written by corrupted Kenyan media. We Eritrean is not our culture or law to have two wives, but this is deliberately against the people of Eritrea by CIA and dirty African media. Sham on you to post this


    January 30, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    The idea of imprisonment of women if they disobey the law, which they would do, is what’s intended. Humanity touched it’s lowest point. This is like killing millions of women just because they may be too many for the living men.

  3. Fiseha

    February 5, 2016 at 4:14 AM

    I think it is the best solution to deal with the shortage of men in Eritrea; men are dying, fleeing more the the women… The facts are indisputably, why not.
    Let put emotion on thr side.

  4. Bubu

    February 15, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Never, never expected our journalism is so down and so nasty. This is even worse that what we call “Tabloid” here in the US. Ps remove this nasty post for the sack of journalism.

  5. Zalambesa

    February 20, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    That is a price of freedom😆. It is befuddling to see Eritreans whining when the weaknesses of Eritrea/Eritreans is disclosed. But they invent a story of Ethiopia all the time in fantasy. We all know that there is a shortage of men in Eritrea. The only thing new is it comes in the media this time. Because of the shortage of the Eritrean men And not fear of a date with their former colonizer Ethiopians, Eritreans are counting on black Americans for a date or marriage in America.