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Pres. Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia Bans Child Marriage To Mark Eid-al-Fitr

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has told lawmakers to introduce legislation to ban child marriage.

Mr Jammeh said anyone marrying a girl aged below 18 would be jailed for up to 20 years.

Speaking at the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations at the end of Ramadan, he said parents and imams who perform the ceremonies would also face prison.

Some 46% of girls in The Gambia get married before they are 18, according to the UN children’s agency.

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