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Martha wants to return to school
Martha is a 13-year-old girl in South Sudan. In March 2020 the coronavirus caused Martha’s school to close, but worse was still to come. The conflict that has raged through South Sudan came to her village and Martha and her family were forced to flee. Although they have now returned to their home, they are living in tents and Martha is still not back in school.
“At my age, I know I may be married if the schools do not open,” Martha says. “In our community, I can be married to anyone my parents feel okay with.”
But with no school to go to and the growing food crisis making every day a struggle for survival, she fears she will have no choice but to offer Martha in marriage to a suitor who will pay a dowry that can buy urgently-needed food.
Saying ‘No’ to Child Marriage
Yekaba was only 12-years-old when she learnt her father wanted to marry her to an adult man. She was determined to write her own future – and rallied her community to support her.
“I confronted my father who replied he couldn’t afford to send both his daughters to school so had decided I had to get married.”
Thanks to the kind support of people like you, Plan International ran a campaign to end child marriage in the region.
“I told my father about all the problems child marriage would cause me. I told him everything I’d learned at school from the peer-to-peer discussion group. My father eventually agreed to cancel the wedding. Now he is helping me pursue my education.”