When Bhoke Peter was 14, her uncle married her off to a 55-year-old man. Her husband paid a bride price of 30 cows and set her to work in his field in a remote part of northern Tanzania, where he would whip her with a stick if she made a mistake. When they got home, he would beat her for not making his lunch fast enough.
He also raped her.
When Peter was 17, she took the two children she’d had with her husband and ran away to her grandmother’s house. She eventually divorced him.
“I even heard that he is dead and I didn’t even go to his funeral because he was torturing me,” she said through a translator.