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Adolescent refugee girls in Tanzania at the forefront of change

Sifa Mateso's father passed away when she was in primary school. Her mother was left alone to care for her and her sibling. At age 14, Sifa decided to get married.

“I thought I could make a better life and assist my mother and my sibling,” she explains. “My mother faced many difficulties. The situation at home was getting worse every day.”

Soon after her first child was born, Sifa's husband began to abuse her, both physically and emotionally. She divorced him, packed up and headed back home with her child.

Read the blog by Kulsoom Rizvi of the International Rescue Committee, about an adolescent girls project that is supported by the Women's Refugee Commission.

Gender and Social Inclusion