Moroto Children Demand End to Early Marriages

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Gift Lydia Awili, a primary seven pupil of Kasimeri Primary School wants parents to respect the rights of girls by allowing them to study.

Children in Moroto district are demanding an end to early marriages in the district.

Gift Lydia Awili, a primary seven pupil of Kasimeri Primary School wants parents to respect the rights of girls by allowing them to study.

Awili notes that early marriages have forced many young girls out of school.

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According to the UN Agency for Children, UNICEF report on the situation of Karamoja children authored last year, 15 percent of girls in Karamoja sub-region were married off at the age of 15.


Paul Abul, an elder and former district education officer Moroto, says most of the children affected by forced marriages are from the rural areas, whose parents are living in poverty and are ignorant about the value of education.

He, however, notes that the practice has now reduced, due to various interventions by stakeholders who include the government and NGOs.

Christine Akot, the district vice chairperson Moroto says several interventions including the formulation of the education ordinance are underway to ensure that girls remain in school.

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According to the National Strategy on Child Marriage 2013, child marriage is noted to be a significant contributor to the high levels of teenage pregnancy, high fertility levels and overall population growth in Uganda.