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Early marriage linked to poverty

05 February 2013, 12:28 Steve Wambugu

Director for Child Rights Network in Rift Valley Agnes Mwamburi has said cases of early marriage and pregnancy is rampant among school leavers in Kapkures estate in the outskirts of Nakuru town.

The Director of the lobby group said that most of the girls who are victims of early marriage and early pregnancy are KCPE and KCSE leavers who sat their examinations last year.

Agnes told the press on Monday afternoon that cases of early marriages in Kapkures estate and other slum areas are so high due to high level of poverty among the families living in the slums.

She observed that most of the girls from that area easily got married since their families were not in a position to support them and protect them.

“Most of this girls come from humble backgrounds and that's why cases of early marriage are so rampant in this estate,” said the Director.

Agnes said the biggest challenge that was facing most of the girls from the slum estate was lack of proper guidance saying the most affected girls were the young ones who did their KCPE last year.

“The young girls who sat their KCPE last year are the ones who are vulnerable to early marriages and pregnancy since they are still young and naive,” said Agnes.

She revealed that last year alone, she was able to reunite 8 girls with their families from their early marriage homes through her lobby group.

However, Agnes regretted that despite her efforts to fight against early marriages in Nakuru, the government has not been provided the needed help to protect the girl child.

She said the government needs to put proper mechanisms to protect the young girls from early marriage.

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