Drought forcing schoolgirls into marriage

child-marriage-mozFrom ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – DROUGHT is forcing Mozambican girls out of school and into forced marriages.
School drop-outs in vulnerable provinces have reported to exceed 10% largely due to the drought, as families move to seek alternative
livelihood incomes.
Increasing food prices leave households with fewer resources, often leaving no money for school-related expenses.
Drop-out rates are high among lower-income groups amid competition between children’s time for study and need to engage in food and income generating
activities.
Many girls are now missing out on continuing their education because they are forced to walk long distances to fetch for water and source food.
Worryingly, premature end to school is associated with the prevalence of child marriage and exposure to rape.
One out of two girls are married before 18 and 14% are already married by the age of 15.
Children’s rights groups are concerned.
Marc Nosbach, CARE Mozambique director, said mothers were not sending children to school as they were fainting of hunger.
“In Inhambane, I met a mother thinking of marrying her 12-year old daughter off as she can no longer feed the girl.”
Mozambique is experiencing the worst drought in 35 years, affecting over 2 million people.
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