Moriom has a compassionate perspective about her mother’s choice to marry her off a few years ago to her neighbor, who was substantially older than her. She was still a child at the time. She says she’s not angry about it, though the vacant look in her eyes indicates her resignation.
Holding a wriggling toddler on her hip, the 16-year-old thinks back to when she found out about the arrangement: “I suffered a lot when my mother told me I would marry someone twice my age. But when she said it was impossible to feed me, I didn’t want to be a burden.” She was told that the family she was marrying into was stable, that it was solid plan for her future. It just wasn’t one she was consulted about. Growing up, Moriom had dreamed of being a teacher, but she only made it to grade four; as with most child brides, her marriage brought the end to formal education and the beginning of motherhood. Read more here:
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense