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Polygamy in Ethiopia

While polygamy in Ethiopia has been formally abolished in the Family and Criminal Code of Ethiopia, the practice is still common with five percent of married Ethiopian men (mostly among Muslims and pagans) having more than one wife.[1][2] Several stories of polygamous groupings have made international news.[3] The most recent story covered the life of a polygamous man who is currently married to twelve wives with whom he bore a total of 78 children. In this case the polygamous man admitted to not having a good understanding of family planning.[4]