Parents in the firing line as child marriage continues

EVEN after education and sensitization on gender issues, some parents are still defiant. Last week, a 15 yearold school girl escaped narrowly from marrying a 40 year-old man in Pemba. The parents had already received dowry for their daughter, saying her performance in school was poor and the only option in her life was for her to get married. The young girl (her name and school withheld) is now in Unguja, where a family member has decided to protect her from getting married and the guardian has decided to help her resume and continue with her education. Read more here: