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Boko Haram, poverty exacerbate child marriages

11 October 2016, 21:37

Lagos - The Boko Haram crisis in northeast Nigeria has been blamed for the prevalence of child marriages in the country.

Save the Children made the observation on Tuesday, as the world commemorated International Day of the Girl child.

The children’s organisation reported Girls affected by conflict are more likely to become child brides, with many refugee families marrying off their daughters as a safety or coping mechanism.

Save the Children said as a result, in Nigeria, 40 percent of the poorest girls were married by 15, compared to 3 percent of the richest girls.

The statistics are carried in a report, Every Last Girl: Free to Live, Free to Learn and Free from Harm.”

Also read: PHOTOS: Nigerian Army releases images of captured Boko 

One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to the analysis by Save the Children.

Countries at the bottom of the index include Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia, many of which have high rates of child marriage.

Countries at the top include Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium.

International Day of the Girl is dedicated to highlighting the barriers girls face globally and to empowering girls to reach their full potential.

The Boko Haram is infamous for a spate of kidnappings in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Some young women are forcibly married.



- CAJ News


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