Girls robbed of their childhood in the Sahel


In his most recent opinion piece, published by Le Monde Afrique, SWAC Secretariat Director Laurent Bossard reacts to the difficult situation of many girls and women in the Sahel. In Chad, Mali and Niger, 40% of children under five suffer from stunting. At least 100 children out of every thousand die before reaching the age of five. More than three-quarters of the girls in Niger get married before they turn 18 and 28% are married by age 15. About 85% of girls under 24 are illiterate and half of Niger’s girls have never gone to school. “What is the use of our cries of outrage?”, questions Laurent Bossard. Read (French)