Celebrate with ActionAid
A gift list with a difference
could buy a scented candle or smoke-free stoves for women in Uganda
could buy a spa voucher or life-saving equipment for flood-prone communities in Vietnam
could buy a bone china tea set or bee-keeping equipment for women to create and sell honey in Uganda
could buy a luxury weekend or the gift of life through a trained birth attendant for mothers in Sierra Leone
Rescuing girls abducted for child marriage in Ghana
Lydia, 34, is a detective in Tumu, northern Ghana. Since 2010, she has been working with ActionAid to rescue girls who have been abducted into marriage and help return them to their families.
"I deal with one to three cases a week of child marriage," she says. “The youngest girl I have had to save was 15. When you find them they are miserable – not happy being with the man, especially if taken forcibly to the man’s place.
“On a normal day, people come to report cases like aggression and child marriage in my office. Whenever they come to report it, I go round to investigate the case. If it’s true, I go and bring the child back to the office and bring the child’s family and the complainant’s family to solve the case and get the child back to school.
"The problem is improving through the support of NGOs. ActionAid staff will go to villages and talk to people. Because of that, it has reduced and is no longer as high as it was. Now we are educating the parents and children too.”
Page updated 11 January 2023