I saw the video posted on another Facebook user’s page, and I was shocked. I thought that I needed to say something, to do anything I could to help.
It’s sad to say, but growing up in Ethiopia, physical discipline was a regular part of life for most of my peers. I would see scars and bruises. It was not something kids talked about but it was an unspoken issue. They would be physically disciplined for many reasons, such as not doing well in school, not finishing a meal or getting their clothes dirty while playing. Sometimes for no good reason at all. It’s a bigger issue than this one video, I’m sure this happens in a lot more homes than we’re aware of.
I think that on a cultural level, the line is very blurry as to what constitutes discipline versus child abuse. But to me, discipline is educating an individual about something they’ve done wrong. In my opinion, when you beat a child, they don’t learn anything.
Yes, there are other major issues threatening youth in Ethiopia, but this one is preventable. We can change this.