Kenyan girl’s rescue shows community key to ending child marriage – Reuters

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The rare rescue of a 12-year-old Kenyan girl forced to marry and have sex with a man almost three times her age shows community policing is key to ending child marriage, campaigners said on Tuesday.

The girl, who cannot be named to protect her identity, was rescued by police and charity workers from a remote village near Kenya’s southwestern border with Tanzania on Saturday following a tip-off through a neighborhood watch initiative.

The local head of Nyumba Kumi – which means 10 households in Kiswahili – said a community member had raised the alert late on Friday.

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