Rescuing Masai Girls From Early Marriage
2012-07-19 14:19:29


This is the VOA Special English Education Report.(1)
这是美国之音特别英语教育报告。

Priscilla Nangurai of Kajiado, Kenya, retired as a teacher in two thousand five. Today, at the age of sixty-two, she could be living a quiet life in retirement.(2)
普丽西拉 Nangurai 的卡贾多,肯尼亚,2 千 5 年作为一名教师退休。今天,六十二、 岁时她可能会住着平静的生活在退休。

Instead, she leads an organization at her home called GRACE -- the Girls' Rights, Attention, Care and Rescue Center.(3)
相反,她带领一个组织在她回家,称为宽限期 — — 女童权利、 重视、 关心和救援中心。

She tries to rescue Masai girls from early marriage and make sure they get an education.(4)
她试图拯救马赛女孩从早期的婚姻,并确保他们能受教育。

She has rescued more than seven hundred girls since nineteen eighty-six. She now has fifteen girls at her center, and she is building a dormitory to house up to eighty girls.(5)
自从十九岁去掉,她已救出七百多女孩。她现在在她的中心,有十五名女生,她兴建宿舍可容纳达八十女孩。

In the traditional culture of the Masai people, fathers often promise their young daughters in marriage to older men.(6)
在传统文化中的马赛人,父亲经常向老男人承诺其年幼的女儿,在婚姻中。

Most girls are between the ages of twelve and fourteen, with some even younger. Their bodies are not ready for sex and childbirth. But that is not the only problem. Most of them must also leave school.(7)
大多数女孩子是年龄介乎十二至十四,有些甚至更年轻。他们的尸体还没有准备性和分娩。但这不是唯一的问题。大多数人都还必须离开学校。

Priscilla Nangurai's older sister was forced into marriage at a young age, but demanded that Priscilla receive an education.(8)
普丽西拉 Nangurai 姐姐被强迫婚姻在年轻的时候,但要求普丽西拉接受教育。

She says the problem begins when a girl gets "booked" when she is very young, or not even born yet.(9)
她说: 这个问题从开始时她还很年轻,或不甚至出生女孩获取"预订"。

PRISCILLA NANGURAI: "Booking is when a parent or a man wants to marry from a certain family. So he can go to the family, and if there are little girls there, he will book.(10)
PRISCILLA NANGURAI:"订票时一位家长或一个男人想要从某家庭结婚。所以他可以去到家庭,并且如果有小女孩有,他将书。

If one of the wives is expectant, he will say, 'I want something from this womb.' And he's allowed to do that."(11)
如果妻子之一是期待,他会说,' 我想从这子宫里的东西了。 '他一直允许这样做。

A fourteen-year-old girl named Roseline has been at the rescue center since two thousand eight. At the age of four she was booked to a man who she thinks was about sixty to seventy years old.(12)
一个叫 Roseline 的十四岁女孩一直以来两个一千八个救援中心。四岁的她被预订到她认为年约六十至七十岁的人。

ROSELINE: "Yes, I was booked. But when I knew the person that they booked me, I just talked to Ms. Nangurai. I told her the whole story."(13)
ROSELINE:"是的是我被预定一空。但当我知道他们预定了我的那个人,我刚跟女士 Nangurai。我告诉她整个故事。"

Masai culture calls for the man who wants to marry a girl to start paying the girl's father once the booking has been made.(14)
马赛人文化的那个男人想要嫁给一个女孩开始预订后付费女孩的父亲的电话。

Traditionally the payment is made with cows, but today money can also be exchanged.(15)
传统上付款的奶牛,但今天的钱还可以进行交换。

When the marriage will soon take place, the girl must undergo a custom that some call female circumcision.(16)
当婚姻即将发生时,女孩必须经过自定义的有些人称之为女性割礼。

Others denounce this practice followed in Masai and other cultures as female genital mutilation.(17)
其他人谴责在马赛和其他文化切割女性生殖器官这做法。

A thirteen-year-old girl also named Priscilla was brought to the center at the age of five. Her mother wanted her to be educated.(18)
在五岁,一个也叫普丽西拉的十三岁女孩被带到中心。她的母亲要她受教育。

The girl says she is thankful especially for health reasons that she did not have her sex organs cut. She worries that she could have gotten AIDS from unclean tools.(19)
那女孩说,她是心存感激,尤其是因为健康的原因她没有她的性器官切。她担心她可能会变得艾滋病从不洁净的工具。

PRISCILLA: "They don't circumcise one person with one razor blade. Maybe when we are two girls, they can use this one to the first girl and then they use it again to another one. So that's why I don't want that."(20)
PRISCILLA:"他们不要割礼一个刀片的一位人士。也许当我们是两个女孩,他们可以使用这一对的第一个女孩,然后他们使用它再次到另一个。这就是为什么我不想那样。"

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report. Our website now has a weekly Words in the News Quiz. Test your vocabulary at voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Jim Tedder.(21)
而这是美国之音特别英语教育报道。我们的网站现在在每周的单词的新闻常识问答比赛。测试你在 voaspecialenglish.com 的词汇量。我是吉姆特德。


Contributing: Jill Craig and Jerilyn Watson(22)
Contributing:吉尔 · 克雷格和 Jerilyn 沃森


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