The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

CHILD mar­riage is cost­ing African coun­tries at least $60 bil­lion (R832bn) in lost life­time earn­ings, more than what the world gives the con­ti­nent in aid each year, the World Bank said on Wed­nes­day.

Be it high school drop-out rates, teen preg­nancy or poor health out­comes, the cost of child mar­riage is far from just mon­e­tary, the bank said in its re­port.

“When it comes to pol­icy mak­ing, money talks. What this re­search shows is that end­ing child mar­riage is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do,” said Lak­shmi Sun­daram, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Girls Not Brides.

Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa has the high­est child mar­riage rates in the world.

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