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23 million men married before they were 15






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A UNICEF report says 115 million boys and men were married as children. About 23 million married before they were 15. News usually looks at young girls as child brides. UNICEF's report looks at forced marriages for boys. It looked at 82 countries. The Central African Republic had the highest rate of child grooms.

UNICEF said child marriage damages children's lives. It said: "Marriage steals childhood." Child grooms are too young to be fathers. Early fatherhood pressures boys to look after families. They lose education and job opportunities. UNICEF said forced marriage affected boys and girls and was unfair.

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