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How the pandemic is having a dark impact on child marriage

School closures, economic stress, service disruptions, pregnancy and parental deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic has put the most vulnerable girls at increased risk of child marriage.

Workers on tea estates in Assam, India.

Photo credit: UNICEF

Editor's note: This piece was written by Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative, UNICEF India

A recent UNICEF report suggests ten million additional child marriages may occur globally before the end of the decade, threatening years of progress in reducing this harmful practice. School closures, economic stress, service disruptions, pregnancy and parental deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic has put the most vulnerable girls at increased risk of child marriage.

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