Bride kidnapping and land rights in rural Kyrgyzstan

Photo: Ailey Hughes

In the time it has taken to read this article 52 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 2 seconds

About the author

Ailey Hughes

Ailey Hughes is a Land Tenure Specialist with Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poor. Follow Landesa on Twitter @Landesa_Global.

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