Scholastica Nacap fled to avoid being wed to a much older man. Now she helps teach other girls to safeguard their future
Scholastica Nacap walked barefoot for 60km, across dangerous mountain terrain in north-east Uganda, to avoid getting married. She was just 13. Orphaned at nine, she was told by her father’s relatives she must marry a much older, wealthy man, so Nacap ran.
“I had to escape. I couldn’t accept [becoming] a wife and mother at 13,” she says.