“Some families in Burundi arrange early and forced marriages for their girls. Regardless of it being forbidden by both civil law and the Christian churches, it still exists,” said Francine, (not her real name), a 16-year-old survivor of forced marriage. Francine was forced to marry a man aged 34, when her parents discovered she had been raped.
“From my experience, early child marriage is a violation of human rights for girls”, said Francine. It can also lead to early pregnancy, which will hinder the government’s family planning programme.”
Read article by Jean Claude Kamwenubusa from Girls Not Brides.