Unmarried pregnant girls sent to die on Punishment Island
|Good girls gone bad in the eyes of the African village|
Bakiga tribes people Akampene Island on Lake Bunyonyi is better known as Punishment Island. The Bakiga tribe people of the mountains lived around Punishment Island having arrived from Rwanda in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Akampene or Punishment Island is little more than a 100 foot raised muddy platform that sticks out from the lake. Lake Bunyonyi off Uganda's south west coast has 29 Islands, with Akampene Island better known as Punishment Island being the most famous.
Bakiga tribes people would ritually abandon unmarried pregnant girls on Punishment Island. The tiny island was a wasteland to leave pregnant girls to die since they were no longer of value to the family since an unmarried pregnant girl could not bring the family a bride price and was therefore useless.
The ritually humiliated unmarried pregnant girls would not arrive in a single canoe with their family; there would be a whole flotilla of scornful, taunting villagers to abandon the no longer profitable girl on Punishment Island.
|Canoe filled with tears|
This ritual was used to ensure that the humiliating spectacle deterrent to other girls that they dare not bring shame and humiliation to the village.
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