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Early puberty

As soon as the rains come and the cattle start to produce milk, the force-feeding begins.

Girls as young as seven are forced to drink vast quantities of milk and eat couscous.

Their elders believe the high nutritional value of this food will trigger early puberty and therefore enable them to marry the girls off as soon as possible.

Momta’s granddaughter Souadou is 10 years old and her grandmother waves a stick as she watches the child struggle to swallow.

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