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Malawi Female Chief Battles Underage Marriages

Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with one in two girls marrying before the age of 18. The practice limits girls’ education and is most common in rural areas where dowries – wedding gifts to the girl’s parents - are attractive to families in poverty. But as Lameck Masina reports from Dedza, Malawi, one district chief has annulled thousands of juvenile marriages while facing resistance and death threats.

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