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In Burkina Faso, forcing a girl into marriage means one less ...

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In Burkina Faso, forcing a girl into marriage means one less mouth to feed

Though illegal, this is the reality in the poor nation, but some girls have found refuge at a Catholic shelter

Anne Mimault

The thought of spending her life with a man she had never met was too much for Marie.

She was not even present when her family arranged for her to marry a stranger from a nearby village in northern Burkina Faso and was never consulted about the union.

Desperate, the 20-year-old slipped out of her family home one night last month and walked for hours through the bush to the city of Kaya. Her target: a shelter run by nuns where she could carry on her neglected education. She ditched her phone’s SIM card so her family couldn’t reach her...

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