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Ethiopia seeing ‘dramatic’ increase in child marriage amid worst drought in decades

Ethiopia seeing ‘dramatic’ increase in child marriage amid worst drought in decades
Catherine Russell, Unicef’s executive director, says spike was ‘quite dramatic’

Ethiopie is witnessing a “dramatic” increase in child marriages as the Horn of Africa faces one of its worst droughts in decades, Unicef has warned.

Parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalie are suffering their driest conditions in more than 40 années, causing mass displacement for millions and widespread hunger.

Catherine Russell, Unicef’s executive director, Raconté Le gardien that harsh conditions meant that Ethiopian girls faced being married at a younger age so that their parents could seek a higher dowry.