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UN condemns child marriage in Zimbabwe as girl dies after giving birth

Death of Memory Machaya, 14, who gave birth at church shrine, prompts outrage among citizens and activists

The United Nations has condemned the practice of child marriage in Zimbabwe following the death of a 14-year-old girl after she gave birth at a church shrine, an incident that caused outrage among citizens and…

  • Reuters
  • The Guardian

The case has brought to the fore the practice of child marriage within Zimbabwe’s apostolic churches, which also allow polygamy.

The government has traditionally turned a blind eye to child marriage.

Zimbabwe has two sets of marriage laws, the Marriage Act and Customary Marriages Act.

Neither law gives a minimum age for marriage consent, while…

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