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UNICEF has [issued / issuing] a report on the number of boys who get married around the world. It [estimate / estimates] that 115 million boys and men were [marriage / married] as children. Of [these / them] , one in five, or 23 million, were married before the age of 15. The report is UNICEF's first ever in-depth [studious / study] of child grooms. UNICEF said a lot of news focuses on young girls being forced [onto / into] marriage as child brides. The new report looks at the same [problematic / problem] of forced marriage but with boys. The UN agency looked at data [from / for] 82 countries. It found that child marriage among boys is common [on / in] countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and nations in the Pacific. The Central African Republic has the highest [rate / rated] of child grooms.

UNICEF [commented / commentary] on the damage child marriage does to boys. It said: "Marriage steals [child / childhood] . Child grooms are forced to take on adult responsibilities for [what / which] they may not be ready. Early marriage brings early [fatherhood / father] , and with it added pressure to provide for a family, cutting [shortening / short] education and job opportunities." UNICEF spoke about the [harms / harm] child marriage does to boys and girls. It said: "When we think about child marriage we often think about girls, and [right / rightly] so because girls are most affected, but boys do marry [in / on] childhood." It added: "Child marriage creates a burden for boys to take [on / off] adult responsibilities and roles when they are still children themselves, like [provides / providing] for a family."

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