South Sudan: The deadly consequences of child marriage

South Sudan: The deadly consequences of child marriage

Economic hardship and conflict fuel early and forced marriages for girls, a trend some hope to change through education.

​Even before the start of the civil war in December 2013, UNICEF reported that 52 percent of all girls were married under the age of 18. Now, after two years of persistent fighting and violent attacks, the situation is getting worse, according to the organisation.

"It's part of the tough economic climate and families think they can benefit economically by forcing their girls into this kind of marriage."

said Ettie Higgins, UNICEF's deputy representative for South Sudan.

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