i understand that motherhood in africa is and has always been revered and held in the highest esteem, as it should be in all places.
however, as the blogger said:
...Gladys is still a primary school girl who must stay in school. That means that she will be a better mother for her young infant if Gladys herself is allowed to GROW UP FIRST to be a WOMAN who has an education that can enable her to live an independent and dignified life.
i am not one to inflict my mores on the cultures of others. but 10 years old, menstruation or not, is a BABY.
from another angle...14-16 year olds are still quite young, but i would think it's more likely that they some say in who they chose as a partner. not to mention being more physically ready for childbirth.
those 4-6 years make a big difference.
may the ancestors protect and shield these children from any more pain.