The ultimate online resource for hostels everywhere.A girl and her brother sit in a cave shelter in Tess village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, on May 2, 2012.Four other countries - Algeria, Lesotho, Libya, and Rwanda - have a minimum above 18 for both sexes.In the remainder of African countries, the minimum age is either discriminatory against girls or below 18.GREATER CHILD PROTECTION The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2013, produced by the Ethiopia-based African Child Policy Forum research institute, found an improvement across the continent in the number of countries acting to end child marriage.Currently, 18 is the minimum age of marriage for both boys and girls in 33 countries - compared with only 30 countries having 18 as a minimum age of marriage for girls five years ago.
“It is important that the minimum age of marriage is higher than the minimum age of sexual consent as consummation is a prerequisite for a valid marriage,” the report said.
A 1995 peace accord ended a five-year revolt by Tuareg tribes, who accused the government of failing to deliver on promised economic aid.
Coups in 19 were followed by the creation of a National Reconciliation Council that effected a transition to civilian rule in December 1999.
Fleeing aerial bombardment by the Sudanese air force, thousands of people have abandoned their homes and made makeshift shelters between the rocks and boulders.
REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sudan should raise the legal age of marriage from 10 years – the lowest in Africa – to 18, to comply with international child rights standards, according to a report released on Monday, which cited an overall improvement across the continent in child protection.