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Commission Warns Over Impending Husbands Scarcity In S’East

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Many women will be denied the opportunity of having spouses following the restiveness and killings in Anambra State and the Southeast geopolitical zone in general. 

The assertion was made in the report of the Anambra Truth, Justice and Peace Commission (ATJPC), the Executive Summary which was obtained by The Eastern Updates on Saturday.

It stated that because women were having trouble finding mate, restiveness and killings had led to a fundamental issue with population sustainability.

According to the research, women are among the most severely affected victims, having experienced and potentially now experiencing rape, deaths, the loss of spouses and sons, and being denied access to employment opportunities.

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It noted also that thousands of young people had been killed since 1999 when restiveness became pronounced in the region, just as many had fled the rural areas.

The killings from the ongoing violence in Igboland generally and in Anambra in particular due to violent crimes and claims of agitation have once again disproportionately affected the stock of young males in the region.

“It has reduced the likelihood that women will be able to find suitable mating or marriageable partners while also increasing the likelihood that females will end up unmarried and reproductively unfulfilled.

“It will further swell the number of unmarried women in the region, particularly among those who reside in the homeland and have limited interaction outside the boundaries of home.

“These women could remain unmarried or wait out their productive years in search of a suitor who has likely been killed.

“They may feel intimidated about giving birth to a child outside marriage for fear of being labeled wayward and humiliating their families for birthing children into illegitimacy,” it declared.

The report recalled the case of Amaka Igwe, the lawyer who was killed in Onitsha alongside her husband.

It also recalled the killing of Harira Jubril near Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area on May 25, 2022 alongside her four daughters.

It stated that the killings had resulted into destitution or dependencies among men and had led to economic impoverishment for many women, mass widowhood and enforced childlessness.

It noted that in rural or farming communities, polygamy had remained prevalent and women’s access to land depended on their relationship with the men in their lives.

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