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Schools Act as Havens for Girls Fleeing FGM, Marriage in Uganda

Gertrude had barely hit puberty when her father agreed to marry her to an older man in exchange for 30 cows so she did something unusual in her Ugandan tribe - she ran away to school. An aunt came after her and convinced her to return home but the 12-year-old was beaten and locked in a hut for three days by the rejected husband so she escaped and fled again, taking refuge in a school in Uganda's northeastern Karamoja region. "I'm very scared, I cannot even go out of...

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