JOHANNESBURG — Confidence was just 14 when her aunt married her off to a 42-year-old man who already had a wife.
The now 22-year-old Zimbabwean says the experience shattered her. Her husband was abusive, as were his other wives.
“After two years of marriage, life was so difficult for me that I tried to kill myself by drinking rat poison,” she told Human Rights Watch researchers. The rights watchdog, in highlighting the issue, released several girls’ accounts but omitted their last names.
"Child marriage ruined my life,” Confidence said. “Now I do not work and cannot find a job because I stopped going to school.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS