It involves young girls, mostly 12 to 13 years old, being forced to have sex with much older men in the three days following their first period.
This is considered a form of cleansing, and the logic, according is to “avoid infection with their parents or the rest of the community”, whatever that means.
While these men, referred to as hyenas, are ironically chosen because of their supposed good morals, one admits to being HIV positive
He is also HIV positive and has been having condom-less sex since 1995, resulting in at least five children and countless infections.
Yet the Malawian government will not even officially condemn either the parents of the girls or the hyenas.