When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread – she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.
She mustered the courage to tell them that she did not wish to go through with the marriage, an act of rebellion that enraged them. They refused her pleas to cancel the wedding.
In desperation, Kadiga turned to her local district council and, later, to the district Women’s Affairs Office. She was fortunate. After her parents spoke with authorities, they relented."
Read article by Abraham Gelaw from UNFPA.