Women living in Ethiopia face a very harsh
reality. They live in constant danger and in fear of
being abducted, raped, or even forced into marriage. According to NBC News, kidnapping young girls
has been engrained as a marriage custom in Ethiopia. Nearly 70% of marriages in Ethiopia are forced
by abduction, and they are generally practiced in the rural, impoverished areas where most
of the of the country�s 71 million people live. That�s why, when we heard about the following
story, we just knew we had to share it. A 12-year-old girl was abducted and beaten
by men. The men were trying to force her into a marriage,
and she had been missing for a whole week. With her family worried sick and the cops
searching frantically for the little girl, it seemed like all hope was lost. But that was until three wild lions saved
her life. When the officers found the girl on the outskirts
of Bita Genet, she was visibly beaten. More importantly, they found the little girl
being guarded by three lions who seemed to have chased off her captors. Sgt. Wodnimu Wedajo of the police force says, �They
stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into
the forest.� Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert, says that
the little girl�s crying might have saved her life. �A young girl whimpering could be mistaken
for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn�t eat
her.� The whole town is hailing this story as a
miracle. �Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle,
because normally the lions would attack people.� Regardless of whether this was divine intervention
or simply coincidence, it�s heartwarming to hear of positive things happening in a
country such as Ethiopia. The police have only found four of the seven
men involved in this crime, and they are still on the search.