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While sexual initiation rites and other factors contribute to child marriage in the country’s north, pregnancy is the main cause in the south, says Persilia Muianga, co-chair of the Girls Not Brides program in Mozambique.

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Ill or absent parents are more likely to marry off their daughters when they become pregnant or take up with boyfriends. Rejected by her mother-in-law she lives with her parents.

Though she would like to return to school, she lacks the paperwork for admission.

In the yard she has arranged upside down glass beer bottles around little purple flowers, shaping the improvised flowerbeds into a heart and a star.

She spends her days cooking and cleaning; watching her second child, a 1-year-old girl; gathering wood; and hauling water.

She is 17 now, with an easy smile, a smattering of freckles and a toddler. Jorge Zita and his wife, Alice Cuna, subsistence farmers in an isolated village in Gaza province, believe HIV/AIDS and migration have left young girls particularly vulnerable to early pregnancy and marriage.“There are very few older people alive now,” said Zita, a thin and quiet man of 67.

Zita and his wife live in a small village of scattered one-room mud homes with thatch roofs.

Joao Bobotela, program-unit manager for Plan Mozambique in southern Inhambane province, says some parents marry off their girls at the first sign of sexual activity.

In May the African Union launched a two-year campaign to end child marriage in 10 African countries, including Mozambique.

In Mozambique, 21 percent of girls are married by age 15 and 56 percent by age 18 — the seventh-highest rate of child marriage in the world.

Although the legal age of marriage here is 18, there is no legislation that specifically criminalizes early marriage and exceptions exist with parental consent.

(Click to enlarge images) That is what happened to Dulce Mucavel, who was 13 when she married.

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