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A Childhood Lost

The main focus of this report will be on the developing world, reflecting the bulk of the evidence submitted. The Group is, however, very interested in the situation in the UK and what linkages there might be between the practice and ways of combating it, here and in the developing world. Data on child marriage in the UK is limited by the fact that usually these marriages take place ‘underground’, either as community or religious marriages, or abroad. Nonetheless, some evidence
on child marriage in the UK was gathered by the Group, including the compelling testimony of two British survivors of child marriage which is outlined on pages 18 –23.