From cleaning corpses to sex with strangers, widow rituals fuel disease in Africa

By Josiane Kouagheu and Kieran Guilbert DOUALA/DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Clarisse’s husband died of malaria last year in the Cameroonian city of Douala, she was kicked out of their home by his family and forced to marry his brother. Widow inheritance, cleansing rites and the eviction of women from their homes are fuelling the transmission of HIV across the continent, and may have contributed to the spread of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts say.
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