- A young girl from Ethiopia was abducted from her home and was missing for a week already
- She had been beaten and assaulted until 3 lions heard her cries of help and came to her rescue
- The lions chased away her captors and guarded her until police arrived
As much as the rest of the world enjoys the freedom of choosing their life partner, it is not the same case in Ethiopia. Women, or even girls as young as 12 years old, live in constant fear and worry that they would be selected by someone they do not even know and be submitted to forced marriage.
According to United Nations, at least 70% of all marriages in the country happen through a series of abduction, and raping the female until she succumbs to wed the man. So when a 12-year old girl was taken from the comfort of her home, it was no longer a surprise for everyone until the way she managed to avoid a terrible future.
The young Ethiopian woman was kidnapped by seven men, with one of those planning to force her into marriage. She had been missing for about a week, suffering several beatings and assaults from her captors. It was only a matter of time when they took her at an unfortunate place and attacked her at the wrong time – the complete opposite for the girl, though, as this paved way for an escape.
Three huge angry lions heard the girl’s distressed cry for help and came to her aid by charging at the men and chasing them away. They then proceeded to lure the young girl in a place where she could rest and guarded her until rescue arrived.
The police shared that when the lions saw it fit that the girl was safe, they promptly returned back to the forest, as if dropping off the girl like a gift.
Everyone considers this as a miracle as the king of the jungle was usually expected to attack people. Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert, offered an explanation on the incident. The beasts must have mistaken the young girl’s cries for a young lion cub’s. Skeptics refute this, saying that the animals were wise enough to notice the difference between a human and a furry cub.
Nevertheless, we could only hope they could continue saving girls going through the similar problems.-HB, Kami Media