A human tragedy of grave proportions continues to exist in modern Nigeria.
In the 19 northern states, 48% of all girls are married by the time they reach adolescence. In Kibbe State, girls are married at the age of 11. According to the global partnership Girls Not Brides, if a girl is 15 years old and unwed, the local community starts complaining. The decision to marry is arranged by the parents or relatives. Child brides do not have a say in their marriage. Many girls feel that marriage is inevitable and they have no power and no future.

Three-quarters of all Nigerian child brides cannot read, and it is not required for husbands to look after them. Girls are often vulnerable to domestic violence and severe deprivation.

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