15 in Sudan By ella Pietras comp 9 6th Hour

Sudan is a Republic. It was a country in africa but then split into two when the southern part of Sudan voted for independence. That is no known as South Sudan. Sudan also was the biggest countries in Africa before it split. Now it is only the third largest country in Africa. Sudan is a part of the united kingdom. On January 1, 1956, South Sudan gained independence from Egypt and the UK. South Sudan is the world's newest nation.

In the summer the temperature can exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter is pleasantly warm, with highs around 25/27 °C.

Being 15 in Sudan is stressful and fun, some girls are forced to get married under the age of 18, but being able to play sports pass the time is fun when you enjoy it.

Girls in Sudan are forced to marry as children. 52% of all girls living in Sudan are married at ages 12-18.

(Brides, "South Sudan - Child Marriage Around The World. Girls Not Brides")

More than half of all girls are sent to get married to a stranger that could be four times their age. For example a twelve year old could marry a sixty year old.

(Brides, "South Sudan - Child Marriage Around The World. Girls Not Brides")

Most of the time a family gives their daughter up for child marriage is because they are poor. This will help them save money for food and clothing. Sometimes when a family send their daughter to get married they get cows in return.

(Brides, "South Sudan - Child Marriage Around The World. Girls Not Brides")

In Sudan kids come from working and school all to come together to play soccer.

(Sudanembassy.org)

Working in Sudan is not like working in the U.S. it is harder. Having to walk a 2 miles a day just to get a gallon of water. School is also not like school here. In some towns there isn't a school. It may just be a teacher and a group of kids learning under a tree.

(Sudanembassy.org)

When you live in a poor community it is hard to get money. Everyone in the community is working as hard as the possibly can just to get a few dollars. By the end of the day they are tired but they look forward to the fun they will have playing soccer, the sport they love.

(Sudanembassy.org)

Stress and fun are main components in everyone's lives, but they mean different things to each and every individual.

In the U.S. we don't take certain things for granted. Things like being able to choose who we will marry, when we want to get married, and we get to go to school. Girls around the world are living like this. As 15 year olds in america we should take everything we feel like for granted. Girls in Sudan have been through so much just in the short short life span they have lived so far. Every country in the world is different, we are lucky enough to be living in a free country.

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