Forced marriage in Burundi puts young girls at risk of HIV infection

Photo: Nell Freeman for International HIV/AIDS Alliance

In the time it has taken to read this article 42 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 3 seconds

About the author

Jean Claude Kamwenubusa

Jean Claude Kamwenubusa lives in Burundi and is a member of the Key Correspondents network which focuses on marginalized groups affected by HIV, to report the health and human rights stories that matter to them. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a member of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.