A year-old girl has been rescued by authorities in Kenya after she was married off to two men in the span of one month. The girl's father, in Narok County west of the capital Nairobi, forced her to marry a year-old man. She escaped and then got married to a year-old before being rescued by a children's rights campaigner and government officials. In Kenya, marrying someone who is under 18 years of age is a crime. A children's rights campaigner said he was tipped off about the girl when he was in the process of rescuing another girl. Mr Kaputah added that poverty and the closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic have played a role in increasing cases of child marriages.
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Drought pushes more Kenyan girls into child marriage - Girls Not Brides
Evidence suggests that child marriage has increased in Kenya as a result of the drought, with desperate families marrying off their daughters in exchange for food. Prolonged drought in northern Kenya has pushed many families, like widow Ahmed and her seven children, towards the outskirts of towns where they are more likely to get food and water. Aid is in short supply and people are resorting to desperate strategies. Many pastoralist communities, like Somalis in Habaswein, believe it is important to marry their girls off when they are young so that their honour, or virginity, is preserved. Read the story in full on TrustLaw here. Skip to main content Site search Search. Child marriage is not unusual in this part of the world.
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