Destaye, 11, and Addisu, 23, Ethiopia. Addisu and his new bride Destaye are married in a traditional Ethiopian Orthodox wedding in the rural areas outside the city of Gondar, Ethiopia. Community members said that because of his standing as a priest, Addisu’s bride had to be a virgin. This was the reason Destaye was given to him at such a young age.
Rajani, 5, India. Long after midnight, Rajani is roused from sleep and carried by her uncle to her wedding. Child marriage is illegal in India, so ceremonies are often held in the wee hours of the morning. It becomes a secret the whole village keeps, explained one farmer.
Bishal, 15, and Surita, 16, Nepal. Bishal accepts gifts from visitors as his new bride, Surita, sits bored at her new home. Here in Nepal, as in many countries, not only girls, but boys too are married young.
Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, Afghanistan. Ghulam and Faiz sit for a portrait in her home before their wedding in Afghanistan. According to the U.S. Department of State report “Human Rights Practices for 2011,” approximately 60 percent of girls were married younger than the legal age of 16. Once the girl’s father has agreed to the engagement, she is pulled out of school immediately.
Sarita, 15, India. Sarita is seen in tears before she is sent to her new home with her new groom. The previous day, she and her 8-year-old sister Maya were married to sibling brothers.
Leyualem is transported by mule to her new home on her wedding day. The men later said the cloth was placed over her head so she would not be able to find her way back home, should she want to escape the marriage.
Mejgon, 16, Afghanistan. Mejgon weeps in the arms of her case worker near fellow residents at an NGO shelter run by Afghan women in Herat, Afghanistan. Mejgon’s father sold her at the age of 11 to a 60-year-old man for two boxes of heroin.
Maya and Kishore pose for a wedding photo in their new home.
Nujood, 12, Yemen. Nujood Ali, two years after her divorce from her husband, who was more than 20 years her senior. Nujood’s story sent shock waves around the country and caused parliament to consider a bill writing a minimum marriage age into law. The bill is still pending. “Don’t let your children get married. You’ll spoil their educations, and you’ll spoil their childhoods [if] you let them get married so young.”
dan ganas de vomitar, ser mujer es terible, una desgracia , en esa region. Vale menos que un animal!!! Con que derecho les hacen eso? que horrible!!! pobrecitas y no hay “derechos humanos” que valgan ah?
Ayyy ni se que decir. Se queda uno sin palabras
Mírenles sus caritas, todas tristes, que prácticas más estúpidas
si, se fijan todas esas mujeres se ven tristes, nunca sonrien, siempre calladas y serias,sin voz ni voto…
Ambro que tema tan triste, mejor ni lo hubiera visto
Increible que estas cosas tan horribles esten sucediendo que asco pobres niñas ojala alguien las ayude.
Pobres niñas y mujeres que humillaciones…