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Ethiopian Child Bride Tells Her Story

Posted by Sandra On January - 24 - 2014

Forced into marriage at 10, pregnant at 13, widowed by 14

article-2543166-1AD97BD300000578-110_306x423Alemtsahye Gebrekidan was 10 when her childhood came to an abrupt end. ‘I was playing outside and my mum called me inside to the house,’ she remembers of the day her world changed forever. ‘She said “you’re going to marry”. I was surprised and I cried but I didn’t say anything to them [her parents].’ Her wedding, to a boy of 16, took place just two months later. Shocking though it might seem, her experience is by no means unique. According to World Health Organisation figures, 14.2 million girls under the age of 15 are forced into marriage each year. READ MORE HERE










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