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Child Marriage

39% of girls in Sierra Leone are married before their 18th birthday and 13% are married before the age of 15. Sierra Leone has the 19th highest child marriage rate in the world, with 13% of girls married by age 15, and 39% by age 18. These statistics only provide a partial picture of the extent of the problem, as many young people enter unions that are not registered as formal marriages.According to UNICEF, Sierra Leone has the 18th highest prevalence rate of child marriage in the world. Child marriage is most common in Port Loko, Kenema, Kono and Tonkolili.

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