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Child Marriage in Africa Could Double by 2050, U.N. Report Says

By CHARLOTTE ALTER  Africa is expected to surpass South Asia as the region with the highest number of child brides, due to slow child marriage reduction coupled with an expected population boom in the next few decades, according to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund. 700 million girls worldwide are married before their 18th birthday, according to the UNICEF report, A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa, with 17% of child brides living in Africa (about 125 million). Of those, more than 40 million girls were married before they turned 15. The report estimates fast population growth…

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