South Sudan is ranked number seven in the world among countries with high prevalence of child marriage.
While addressing the public on Thursday Country Director of Save the Children Organization Ms. Rama Hansraj, said child marriage is a violation of fundamental human rights.
She stressed that such act destroys the child’s ability and opportunities in life.
According to Save the Children, numerous reports indicated more than 52% of children in the country marry before the age of eighteen.
The reports added that nine percent of girls marry before the age of 15 making adolescent pregnancies major public health crises in the country.
Rama said the recent report indicated over one thousand cases of child marriage is very saddening.
“Recent reports show that there are 1,500 cases of child pregnancy and marriage over the period of three months, our organization is so much saddened and concerned over this high number of cases,” She said.
Aya Warrile Benjamin, Minister of Gender and Social Welfare explained that early and unintended pregnancies are a global concern in the third world including South Sudan.
She added girls under the age of eighteen are at high risks of being married in under developed countries due to factors such as poverty.
Aya reiterated that the number of pregnant teenagers has even increased higher during the covid-19 period.
“The teenage pregnancy rate is exceptionally high, in my report it stated that 3 – 10 girls aged 5 – 19 get married and that 40% are married before their eighteenth birthday,” She explained.
The speakers were talking during Let’s talk campaign aimed at ending unintended pregnancy.
Let’s talk campaign was launched on Thursday in Juba in presences of the vice president Rebecca Nyandeng, the governor of western Bahr el Gazal Sarah Cleto, minster of gender child and social welfare and Save the Children organization and UNCIEF and students from different schools in Juba.