Pakistan: Sadia Bibi was only 15 years old when she died in childbirth after being sold into a marriage with a 34-year-old man. Bibi’s story is not an isolated case. Pre-teen and teen girls are paying a high price as families that lost everything in last year’s floods have sold their young daughters into marriages in an effort to feed and shelter the rest of the family. The high mortality rate associated with early childbirth is just one of many grave consequences of early marriage and pregnancy.
LEARN MORE: Under-age marriage agonizes girls in post-flood Pakistan, news.xonhuanet. com (July 31, 2011).