June 16, 2012
Zahara Sani, 12, wants to wed her fiance and is upset that authorities are stopping her. Four of her girlfriends, ages 11 and 12, are married or about to get married in Niger. Her father, Sani Barmo, 81, wanted to marry off Zahara to a 20-year-old farmer in December, but a police officer learned about the plan and alerted authorities. Under law, girls younger than 15 cannot marry, but the centuries-old tradition has continued. Roughly one out of two girls marry before the age of 15, some as young as 7.
The Washington Post