“Zambia’s last child bride not yet born”

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The last child bride in Zambia is not yet born, according to the national strategy analysis taken by the Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ).

The youth organisation has however congratulated Zambia on the move to adopt a national strategy to end child marriage by 2030, which makes it the second African country to do so in the month of April, 2016.

“We took time to study the National Strategy during the few weeks of its adoption and observing the age reports on child marriages in the recent years which start as low as 13, we have concluded that the last child bride in our country is not yet born. Those born in 2016 and 2017 still stand at risk of child marriage,” said MCMZ executive director Genious Musokotwane.

“As a youth organization fighting against the vice, it is sad and heartbreaking to note that an innocent unborn soul will have no choice but to run into this crime against humanity called “Child Marriage”,” he added.

Musokotwane points out that the nation has another challenge to rise as a joint force to curb the prevalence of UNFPA’s prediction of 335,000 child marriages by 2020.

“We call upon the youth, the religious organization, traditional leaders, government, opposition political players and all stakeholders to rally behind all initiatives pushing to Zambia’s ending child marriages by 2030,” he said in a media statement.

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