"Each year in sub Saharan Africa more than third of girls Mary before the age of eighteen in a country such as nesia the rate is high as three at a four. The practice. Persists mainly in places that are remote and underdeveloped. But as our correspondent Tom Gardner found some lessons on how to reduce child. Marriage rates can be gleaned from an unexpected place. I went to this village in Highland easier. Pickled come up sort of place that hasn't changed. Great deal over the centuries is still very much traditional society religious, smallholder farmers. But what's interesting is? It seem particularly good results in the last four or five years and bringing what was relatively high prevalence of child marriage down quite dramatically one-third of the villages in this district reported no child marriages at all last year and the combat village. I went to had one and is that unusual in Ethiopia. Well, this brutally. Speaking is the story every year appear. There was once a month. Africa's top five countries for marriage so talking almost fifty percent of women marrying before they were eighteen the practice dropped by third in the past decade, which is the world's sharpest decline. So in the village of I met work. Eighteen years old two years ago when she was eleven apparent decided to happen, married, basically for economic reasons, which is to logic and the root of this practice school was too expensive to them. So it was time for her to be married. And what did she tell you about how she felt when this plan for her had become clear what she worried about. The tiger. Where? She she told me through my translate that she now the goals the women who've been married young. And she still have it suffered in ticklish. You mentioned her mother who married at the age of ten. That I was a civil or. How much she physically when she gave birth, but we're managed to to escape the marriage that had had been arranged. How crucially see to the initiative? She's centrally reported her parents to her school principal and two local officials the officials than to parents and persuaded them to cancel the wedding comes the preparations, and you mentioned that her mother herself had married. Young is not common for victims of child marriage to pass the practice onto their own daughters. Well, yes, you know, I met a woman would. Behan ella? Give it but alone herself at nine and she tried three times to thirteen into marriage with an older, man. She told me just how much she suffered as a job. Doc times repeatedly and the child at fourteen then why does he want that for her teenage daughter? America to talk with an husband. I could walk on the family farm. She was sick herself. And she said she wanted to bring another man into the household who could have. Thought is that again, and she also told me to say used to older sisters had gone to school and hadn't been successful. So she didn't want to say do the same. Somewhat. Chris why nutty, and you're kind of speaks to some of the kind of cultural factors as well. They're play here beyond simply economics. And I was told by some of the low cools that there's a belief that goes want to exceed in education. The I go she mentioned, particularly when the older generation. There are still these derogatory terms for girls who married an older age we met a boy in the village as well who told me that the older generation believes the practice leads to stronger. Marriages genetic collagen, the children Marian and grow up together. They have this kind of strong bond, but I mean in practice the groom is much older. And the concern really is to ensure the Jewish the bride by magnum young. But what can be learned from Ethiopia success in reducing child? Marriage rates. I think we've had some really good positive improvements in declines in child marriage at the national level at Abell. Aero car is country director at the Population Council. I think though that the progress that we've made has been patchy and confined to certain regions most of the declines have been in urban areas and also in specific regions like the horror region because I'm horror has traditionally been known as a child marriage hotspot, it has had a lot of attention over the past ten years perhaps to the detriment of some other regions that received less attention. But in terms of the progress that we're seeing OB it's in Apache way, anyth- Euboea or their their lessons to be drawn about what's being done that could benefit other countries. Yeah, I think first and foremost is government commitment in Ethiopia. The European government has committed at the two thousand fourteen London girls summit to? Radically Chelm marriage and GM by twenty twenty five up to now, they still chair the alliance to end child marriage, and they're making a lot of efforts to really see. This is the last generation of girls that subjected by the practice, but at the same time, I also think that across sub Saharan Africa, different governments and also programmers have to pay attention to the patterns of child marriage because it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. You have different patterns and different cultural practices surrounding child marriage. And that kind of implies different approaches to tackling the practice. Critical variable tends to be buying some community leaders in particular religious ones like Preasto, ma'am. So in Kamata is back to the village breezed. And then you have to have better now. Which is very much opposed to an advocate of child marriage. Bush to his judging I think really mattered in terms of change in the attitudes of the rest of the community as very religiously about country and traditionally offered oaks Christian priests promotes a child marriage because they themselves practice it in order to marry virgins simile imams of vote the prophets marriage to a young go as a justification. So that you can get the religious leaders onside than the rest of the community is likely to follow. And so Tom, you really do see this message being spread and change really taking hold. I think it's going to be very educated entirely. But I think I think there are reasons to be hopeful, I think the better educated society becomes the move the practice will fade away. And I think after Jude's among the younger generation of changing you could hit that from one of the girls, I meant to say. Have you?"