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Lost lives, lost billions: the cost of child marriage in Africa
by Nita Bhalla
Thomson Reuters Foundation Translate This Article
21 November 2018
On 21 November 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
Child marriage is costing African countries at least $60 billion in lost lifetime earnings, more than what the world gives the continent in aid each year, the World Bank said on Wednesday (21 November). Be it high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, or poor health outcomes, the cost of child marriage is far from just monetary, the Bank said in its report. Gender experts say early marriage not only stifles a girl's progress in education, health, and employment, but also hampers the development of her children -- creating a vicious cycle of malnutrition, poor health, and ignorance.
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Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest child marriage rates in the world, with more than 3 million -- or one in three -- girls marrying before they turn 18.
The report said early marriages were leading to high levels of school dropouts -- with only four in 10 African girls finishing secondary school, lowering their job horizons
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