Will hunger crisis fuel child marriages?

by Sudarsan Raghayan

Balki Souley, 14, lost her baby during childbirth in a hospital in Maradi, Niger. Hospital officials said it was because of her age and the fact that she had eaten very little during her pregnancy. “When I return to my village, I will try to have another child,” said Balki, who was married at age 12. Photo: Sudarsan Raghayan/Washington Post  Each day, more than 25,000 girls younger than 18 are married across the world. Here is a look at some of them.

Balki Souley lost her son during childbirth the other day. Her body was so frail, so weakened by a lack of food that she, too, nearly died. “When I return to my village, I will try to have another child,” she said shyly as she lay on the floor of a crowded maternity ward.

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  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
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    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
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