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More divorce registered in 2022

By Ibrahim Kabba Turay

The Provisional Annual Report on Vital Events for the year 2022 published by the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA , indicated that, a total of 25 divorce were registered by the Authority for the period under review, of which Christian Marriage accounted for 40%, Islamic Marriage 30% , Customary Marriage 16 and Civil Marriage 2%.

There was 67% increase in divorce in 2022 as compared to 2021.

The report indicated that 190,666 births were registered in 2022, comprising 94,486 males (49.6%) and 96,180 females (50.4%).

Of this reported population, a total of 170,712 births were registered with a proportion of 84,314 males and 86,390 females respectively.

In 2021, according to the report, 181,772 births were registered and 19,111 deaths respectively and when compared to 2022 data, there was a decrease of 6.1% of live births registered and 21% decrease in deaths registered as well.

The provisional report, which covers from January 1st to December 31st 2022, also indicated that there were 2,178 stillbirths reported of which, 1,201 were males (55.1%) and 977 were females (44.9%).

In relation to death, 16,111deaths were reported for the just concluded year, with a composition of 8,896 males and 7,215 females.

The report indicates that, a total of 864 marriages were registered with the Authority with 282 Christian Marriage, 255 Customary Marriage, 167 Islamic Marriage and 160 Civil Marriage.

The report further indicates that in 2021, there were 821 marriages registered with an increase of 43 marriages in 2022.

A total of 209 adoptions were registered accounting for 35% males and 65% females.

“Accordingly, the data depicts that out of the total number of registered adoption cases, 80, were within the ages of 13-17 years, followed by 5-12 years which is 75, 1- years accounted for 27 and children between 3-4 years accounted for 20.