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>> For young women like Caroline, falling pregnant can mean being kicked out of your home. She lives in Burkina Faso where a quarter of all teenage girls fall pregnant often due to a lack of information on reproductive health. And if they are not married that can mean being ostracized by their relatives.
For Caroline who became pregnant in her third year of high school, help came from the organization for rejected young girls.>> When my parents found out that I was pregnant, they chased me out of the house>> I heard that there was a young woman who helps young girls who have fallen pregnant.
I went to her house and told her my story and she helped.>> The organization houses young mothers and helps them to find work. It was set up in 2000 by Rita Ogtay Sonu.>>
> If there's no good will or organizations to help them out when they give birth, they will abandon their children and run away.
When they are found, they are arrested and jailed.>> While the West African country has made significant progress in improving women's rights, few girls, especially in rural areas, finish their education women's rights, campaigners say, due to early marriage, teen pregnancy, and poverty. And it's not just Burkina Faso.
A report from Save the Children on Wednesday revealed that 7.5 million girls each year are married under the minimum age permitted by national law. And 1.7 million of those are in west and central Africa. Mari Artoo from Sierra Leone was married to her boyfriend when she fell pregnant.
>> Her name has been changed to protect her identity.>> I'm 14 years old. I was 14 when I got married.>> She is now attending catch-up classes, organized by Save the Children who are trying to raise awareness ahead of a conference on ending child marriage in Senegal later this month.
That's important, Save the Children says, so girls can have the same opportunities to succeed in life as boys.