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Child marriages skyrocket in Malawi as Covid-19 closes schools, figures show

Mothers waiting at a clinic with their babies in 2019, before the pandemic shut down many similar services CREDIT: AFP
Photo Credit: AFP

Child marriage has almost doubled in parts of Malawi during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to figures from a national helpline.

Even before the pandemic, around half of all girls in Malawi got married before the age of 18. The situation has worsened dramatically as a result of the school closures and rise in poverty linked to the coronavirus outbreak, the charity Care International told The Telegraph.

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