Despite the act of early child marriages being dominant in the remotest communities of Zambia, most service providers are found along the line of rail, making it almost impossible for child brides to access much needed services especially in circumstances were some parties are beneficiaries of proceeds from marrying off a child.
However, the story of marrying off children in the remotest areas of Choma district is turning around as a local organization, Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ) and its partners swing into the remotest parts of the district to retrieve child brides.
Speaking to Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) last week upon arrival from Nkuku-ikumba village located 75kilometres outskirt of Choma town where a 13year old forced child bride was retrieved by the organization, MCMZ Executive Director, Sibbuku Genious Musokotwane said MCMZ and its partners are committed to ensure no child is married off at a tender age regardless of their geographical location.
Mr. Musokotwane also appealed to general public to report any suspected cases of early child marriages, or plans to marry off a child in order for them to respond effectively and on time.
He said the MCMZ is very much dependant on the community involvement in achieving its quest to end child marriages.