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Nigerian activists condemn mass ‘forced marriages’ of 100 girls and young women

Petition launched to halt mass ceremony that organisers say is for 100 orphans whose parents were killed by gangs

  • The Guardian

Human rights activists in Nigeria have launched a petition to stop a plan to push 100 girls and young women into marriage in a mass ceremony, which has caused outrage in the west African country.

The plan, sponsored by Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, the speaker of the national assembly in the largely Muslim north-western state of Niger, were criticised by Nigeria’s women’s affairs minister, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye. She said she would seek a…

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