This story is heartbreaking. I can not imagine a culture that allows this.
From National Geographic:
By Caroline Gerdes
Child brides are not unique to a single country, religion, or language. Even though child marriage is illegal in most nations, it is a common tradition — older than laws protecting against it.
“Every time I have been granted access [to take pictures] it is because there is someone within the community … who didn’t necessarily like the practice. But they wanted their voices to be heard,” said Stephanie Sinclair, who photographed National Geographic magazine’s piece examining child marriage, “Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides.”
With the publication of the article and continuing efforts, Sinclair and the story’s author Cynthia Gorney are making sure these voices are being heard. The writer and photographer team will speak at National Geographic’s headquarters Monday, October 5. Sinclair and Gorney will show compelling images and discuss all the dilemmas facing child brides in today’s world.
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