Coronavirus puts 4 million girls at risk of child marriage

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Four million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years because of the new coronavirus pandemic, a global charity said on Friday, as campaigners warned that the crisis could undo decades of work to end the practice. Deepening poverty caused by the loss of livelihoods is likely to drive many families to marry off their daughters early, World Vision said. “When you have any crisis like a conflict, disaster or pandemic rates of child marriage go up,” the charity’s child marriage expert Erica Hall told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.