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The issue of child brides has taken on international concern, with girls among impoverished Syrian refugee families sometimes marrying men 40 to 50 years their senior. One United Kingdom based group, Girls not Brides, cited United Nations statistics to say that the central Africa country of Niger had the highest rate of child marriages in the world, with 76 percent of children married there by the age of 18.
“Governments need to have clear and consistent legislation that establishes 18 as the minimum age of marriage,” the organization says on its website. “Adequate safeguards must be in place to ensure that parental consent or other exceptions are not used to force girls into marriage.”
“We don’t allow 14 year olds to rent an apartment, or borrow money, or open a bank account or even go to the doctor by themselves,” she said. “So why would we allow them to get married and to be somebody’s mother?”