Picking up the Pieces

Africa and the Middle East, Why Women Count

comfort2Thirty-two year old Comfort Adongo is in the first year of junior secondary school – a class for 13-15 year olds – in Bolgatanga, capital of the Upper East Region in northern Ghana. Comfort was just 14 when her education was disrupted after a stranger kidnapped and sexually abused her. Despite being illegal, abduction and forced marriage of young girls is a growing phenomenon in this part of Ghana: widespread poverty has made poor families more willing to marry off their young daughters in order to receive the ‘bride price’. Comfort’s one of the lucky ones. Now back home with her parents, she is determined to finish her schooling and rebuild her life.

Producer/Director: Loretta Vanderpuye

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Picking up the Pieces
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