"I got married to a man who already had 2 wives,", explains Enala Gondwe. "My husband could hardly afford to support three wives and 16 children." At 29, she decided to go back to school and now fights against child marriage.
US President Donald Trump reintroduced and expanded the Global Gag Rule to curb access to abortion services. A decision taken in far-away Washington has dire implications for African women.
From poverty to child marriage, a majority of the world's children face "a sudden end of childhood," according to the NGO Save the Children. While European youngsters fared best, the situation was bleakest in Africa.
The children's agency UNICEF welcomed the new findings, but said "we’ve got a long way to go." The new figures show the global burden is shifting from South Asia to sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are taking them for Jihad,” al Shabab militants reportedly told teachers at a school in Somalia. The rights group Human Rights Watch has documented the evidence.
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