African Overpopulation

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Study guide for Africa for Summit

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OverpopulationinAfrica

Africanfamiliesaverage6 children

Onehalfofpopulationisless than16yearsold

PopulationofAfricawilldouble in25years

Reasonspeoplehavelarge families:Helpwithchoresand familyswork

Supportforparentsin theiroldage

Statustraditionally thebiggerthefamily, themoreimportantthe manis

Polygamy(morethan onewifeperman) allowsallwomento marry(wiveswith morechildreninherit more)

11wives,77children

KingSobhuzaIIofSwaziland,70wivesand 210childrenbornbetween1920and1970

Girlsmarryvery young,more reproductiveyears

Littleknowledgeand availabilityofbirth control

Abortionisagainstthe lawthroughoutAfrica

Tribeswanttostay largeandstrong politically