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African Union Pledges to Stop Child Marriage

Confidence was just 14 when her aunt married her off to a 42-year-old man who already had a wife. The now 22-year-old Zimbabwean says the experience shattered her. Her husband was abusive, as were his other wives. “After two years of marriage, life was so difficult for me that I tried to kill myself by drinking rat poison,” she told Human Rights Watch researchers. The rights watchdog, in highlighting the issue, released several girls’ accounts but omitted their last...

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