Facing the Facts

Adolescent girls and contraception

February 2016

Publisher: UNFPA

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Salia, now 18, tends to animals to provide for herself and her family. Just two years ago, Salia thought she would be a child bride. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
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“I would have been married off by now,” Salia, 18, told UNFPA. ​​​​​
Maria with her youngest daughter. She lost weight after each pregnancy, alarming her doctors. © UNFPA Moldova/Dan Gutu
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“They told me that I needed to protect myself… but no one told me how to do that,” Maria* told UNFPA.

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