The global food crisis is leading to a rise in forced child marriages

The global food crisis leads to an increase in forced child marriages

The most serious situations concern the countries of South Sudan, Niger, Mali, Chad and Bangladesh.

A Canadian international aid agency is sounding the alarm after observing that the global food crisis, aggravated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is leading to an increase in forced marriages of young girls.

< p class="e-p">Plan International Canada says it has seen a worrying increase in the number of teenage girls being forced into marriage because their families cannot afford to feed them.

According to this agency, 12 million underage girls are married each year, being forced to drop out of school and at risk of early pregnancy.

Plan International Canada warns that after a 15% decline observed over the past decade, the phenomenon is on the rise again. The most serious situations concern the countries of South Sudan, Niger, Mali, Chad and Bangladesh, a major importer of Ukrainian wheat.

According to World Vision, young girls in Afghanistan, where 22 million people suffer from hunger, are taken out of school and forced to to marry. Many find themselves stuck in violent homes because their families cannot afford to feed them.

Tanjina Mirza, Director of Programs at Plan International Canada, The worsening food crisis and food insecurity exposes more young girls to forced marriage and forced labor to ease the burden on families.

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