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    Wedding hell: child brides

    22 Jun 2009


    Too young to carry the burden of marriage. Photo: M. Sayagues

    In Bissau - too young to carry the burden of marriage. Photo: M.Sayagues

    She was a brave little girl, who believed in her right to choose how to live her life. Aged 12, as a minor she remained nameless in the news.

    She lived in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands, the green, misty mountains along the Mozambican border. On weekends, people dressed in flowing white robes, the men bearded, holding carved wooden canes, gather under the masasa trees. They belong to the Johanne Marange apostolic sect. Peaceful people – with a nasty habit of marrying young girls.

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