Despite the widespread perception that marriage is for mature minds and should be devoid of external influence; child marriage is still relatively common in many parts of Africa. Many women who are forced to marry at an early age have little or no choice in determining when or who they will marry.
The sum total of a person's actual experiences are the result of a sequence of socially defined roles, events and decisions. It is possible to examine an individual's life, and from it, deduce how events before birth and in early life influence future choices, events and the development of disease.
The internal displacement of persons especially women and children is a growing concern in many parts of the world. For this reason, governments alongside stakeholders must commit themselves to mitigating the unprecedented wave of displacement and human suffering occurring within their boundaries.