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Number of Child Brides to Soar in Africa, Say Rights Groups

The 14-year-old girl had just arrived home from school when her family told her to swap her school uniform for traditional wedding robes. While she had been sitting in her seventh grade classroom in South Africa, her male relatives had received a $570 bride price for her from a man she'd never met who was twice her age. As is the case with many child brides, beatings and rape were common in her new marital home. After a number of failed escape attempts, she finally made it over a...

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