Programs for young people in sub-Saharan Africa have been directed largely toward unmarriedadolescents, neglecting the fact that a large proportion of adolescents – especially girls – are married in some settings. Early marriage is a common feature of girls’ adolescence in Northern Nigeria, yet few programs are in place to support this sizeable and vulnerable group. In order to suggest directions for future programming, Adolescent Health and Information Projects (AHIP) and the Population Council examined the lives of married and unmarried girls in two geo-political regions
of Nigeria, North West and North East.
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