Aid Agencies Concerned Some CAR Refugees In Cameroon Forcing Young Daughters To Marry
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child marriage threatens future of young Central African Republic refugees in Cameroon
“…While refugee camps provide free education, most of the refugees — two-thirds — live in villages where they struggle to afford [school] enrollment fees of up to 2,000 CFA francs ($3). Many end up sending their sons to work and forcing their daughters to marry. Dwindling humanitarian funding for Cameroon, and the prospect of huge waves of arrivals if Central African Republic plunges back into full-blown conflict, are stoking fears among aid agencies for the future of the country’s young refugees…” (Guilbert, 11/8).
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