Parents marrying off 12-year-olds for monetary gain

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What you need to know:

  • Report by Plan International indicates that Kenya has one of the highest child marriage prevalence in the world, estimated at 25 to 30 per cent.
  • Migori County among regions where early marriages are rampant, especially among the Kuria community.
  • Numerous interventions have seen at least 200 girls rescued from the retrogressive practice in the past four months.
  • It is a difficult time for Kuria girls, especially those who want to further their education. Most of them are seeking refuge in the rescue centres.
  • Parents and relatives forcing them into the outlawed act for monetary gains. 

Recent incidents in Nyanza region bring to the fore an emerging social concern about the safety of children at home after schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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