Forced/ child marriage, defined as a formal marriage or informal union before 18 years of age, is a reality for both boys and girls, although girls are disproportionately the most affected. Child marriage can lead to a lifetime of disadvantage and deprivation. This harmful practice is rampant in Tanzania but the Shinyanga region leads in it's prevalence (59%). 

     Married at 14

"He [my husband] used a stick and beat me with it."

      Married at 14

"...to a man twice my age."

Married at 14

"He [my father] forced me into marriage at the age of 14, my husband was 36 years old."

These stories are true accounts as told by survivors of child marriage who were rescued by our partners, Agape in Shinyanga. Their names and faces have been changed to protect their identities.

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