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Relatives Try to Stop Marriage of 13-Yr. Old Girl to 56-Yr. Old

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A father in Nigeria outraged relatives by announcing his plans to marry off his 13-year-old daughter, Bilkisu, to his 56-year-old friend. The same day, he also said he planned to marry off another daughter, who is almost the same age as Bilkisu.

One relative took Bilkisu to the Freedom Radio office in Sharanda, Kano, where a media campaign was launched on behalf of the girl, who says she cries every time the marriage is mentioned.

The relative vowed to take the matter all the way to the governor and emir of Kano and pleaded with him to stop the marriage, which is scheduled for Friday.

Bilkisu’s father is a teacher in a Quran school. Bilkisu would be the fourth wife of his friend, who has many children and grandchildren from his three current wives.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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