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Time to Let Sudan's Girls Be Girls, Not Brides

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The United Nations Children's Fund estimates that 33 percent of Sudanese women aged 20 to 24 were married before the age of 18.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:44 am
I guess a daughter is still viewed as a way to make some money. But it is an interesting picture to show, part of the problem is that girls are married quite young so that they do not become pregnant when unmarried.

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:49 am
It also ensures that they'll ALWAYS be under the control of a man....they go from father to husband, without any chance of an independent life.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:59 am

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:55 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 2:47 pm
read & noted

S J (130)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 2:52 pm
Noted, thanks Cal.

Sharon W. (4)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 2:52 pm
Noted, thanks!

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:36 pm
Noted. Again, and Again, it is the girls, the women, the children - the females who have no rights, but are always the chattel.

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:44 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 10:52 pm
Considering food supply and human overpopulation maybe these girls could be more than breeders if given the opportunity.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:45 pm
I hope that they can put an end to these girls being forced into marriage. No one should be put through it. Thanks Cal

J. J. (30)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:02 am
What the heck could a 10 year old child know about being a wife and mother...? A child should be allowed to be a child. It's really outrageous that these types of backward practices are still allowed in certain countries. Unless some type of statutory rape law is implemented, it's not going to stop.

Cinzia Palamara (26)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 1:37 am
Noted. Thanks for posting Cal

Rose B (141)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 4:09 am
Girls must be little girls NOT BRIDES

Marija M (29)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:43 am
noted, tks

Robin Meredith-Kramer (1)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 7:01 am
Thank you for writing this story, and sharing this information. It is a disturbing situation that makes you think!

Gene J (290)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 8:51 am
"“We have to challenge converting a girl, even with her consent, into an economic commodity. We have to address the fundamental aspect that a girl has intrinsic value as a human being, not just a value cost,” Sundaram told IPS."

Girls are NOT commodities. Sudan is one of the most backward countries on the planet, although there are many that vie for the title, in this area. Children, all children, should be protected from exploitation, educated and given choices in career and social relationships. Anything less is treating half the population as indentured servants, subjecting them to abuse and without education, leaving them at the mercy of men with no sense of mercy at all. Again, why do we have UN with no teeth? Of what use is it if it cannot protect all of this world's children? How do the leaders of civilized nations live with themselves? They all play Solomon. And they all fail miserably at the task as so many women and girls live uneducated lives in dirty squalor and in the midst of violence. This backwards world does nothing to protect half its population, even here in the US, the war on women and girls goes on unabated. How much worse then is it for the women and girls of the Sudan? And many other horrible places.

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:44 am
Words fail me when facing inhumanity combined with stupidity.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:06 pm

Debbie Crowe (87)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:58 am
I hoe they change this! Let kids be kids. Marriage is for adults!

Debbie Crowe (87)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:59 am
'hope' that is - not 'hoe.'

Athena F (131)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:46 pm
Any excuse for these men to be allowed to rape children. So horribly sad.
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