Too Young to Wed – Stephanie Sinclair

News May 31, 2011 8:41 am

I was perusing National Geographic site last night and found this essay by photographer Stephanie Sinclair. It breaks my heart completely. See the rest, here.

Stephanie Sinclair - ""Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him," Tahani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah." - from the National Geographic site

Stephanie Sinclair - "Long after midnight, five-year-old 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 morning. It becomes a secret the whole village keeps, explained one farmer." from the National Geographic site

Stephanie Sinclair - "Although early marriage is the norm in her small Nepali village, 16-year-old Surita wails in protest as she leaves her family's home, shielded by a traditional wedding umbrella and carried in a cart to her new husband's village." - from the National Geographic site

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