The fate of the women of Wuchale, northern Ethiopia, is bound by ancient customs under which women are expected to silently submit to men's authority. As the proverb says, "A closed mouth catches no flies". Silence is the rule. But today's young women want to break the rule and talk. The luckier ones, like Tirongu, manage to get an education; the others migrate to Arab countries to escape the hardships of their homeland.