Polygamy in Ethiopia

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Polygamy in Ethiopia has been formally abolished in the African nation,[1] and there is no official recognition for polygamous marriages under civil law or any form of customary law. Ethiopia is the only nation in the Horn of Africa that does not grant any form of legal recognition to polygamous marriages.

Despite such illegalities, the practice reportedly remains intact, with several tales of polygamous groupings making international news.[2] The most recent story covered the life of a polygamous man who is currently married to twelve wives with whom he bore a total of 78 children.[3]

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