UNICEF: Drought Forcing More Girls Into Child Marriage In Horn Of Africa


Girls as young as age 12 are being forced into child marriage at "alarming rates" in the Horn of Africa — a region facing its worst drought in 40 years — as families increasingly turn to desperate measures to survive, UNICEF warned on Wednesday.

In some parts of Ethiopia, the child marriage rate from January through April 2022 more than doubled, on average, when compared to the same period last year.