16-year-old Berthia Jackson was married for a week

16-year-old Berthia dropped in July 2021 while in Standard 5 at Chirwa primary school.

I got married to village boy through chitomelo. It only lasted for one week,” said Berthia.

Her mother, Aida Dickson, 32, who herself was pregnant as a child at 16 years was sad with her daughter’s marriage. “I was in tears knowing that the future of my child is ruined. I was too busy at the rice field and was not taking a keen interest in Berthia,” narrated Aida.

Group Village Head Mwalwa visited the household and encouraged Berthia to end the marriage and go back to school. Berthia is now back to school at Chirwa primary school.

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