A recent BBC report features the problem of child marriage in Zambia: http://news.msn.com/videos/?ap=True&videoid=993cffe4-a488-f7c1-330c-316786e12d5c
Families in poverty are subject to offers they cannot refuse, in this case, money in exchange for the hand of a young daughter.
Fortunately, as the report reveals, some tribal leaders are speaking out against the practice. They point to the losses associated with child marriage: too many unfulfilled dreams, maternal death during childbirth, and an ongoing cycle of poverty and unhappiness.
While I saw much joy in Lusaka, Zambia, I also observed plenty of despair. Changing the practice of child marriage might help to alleviate at least some of the hopelessness experienced by many girls in this part of the world.