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Child Brides: Photos Of The Girls Forced To Marry By Hunger And Tradition

by | 22nd, November 2013

CHILD Brides. The West wants Yemen and other countries to stop the business of child brides (and grooms). The news reports are grim. But is it all as its painted? We wondered what bride and grooms look like? We’ve trawled the archives to bring you these pictures.

The captions are from the AP:

 

Elube Matebule, left, a shy, giggly girl who claims to 18, but looks 14, smiles in Chirangane village, in southwestern Malawi, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006. Elube traded a cracked mud and thatch home for a brick house with a tin roof when she married her 22-year-old boyfriend, Edwin, right, last August. In isolated villages and crumbling cities across the most destitute continent, girls younger than 14 are finding boyfriends and getting married in a bid to escape the empty bellies, numbing work and overwhelming tedium of poverty. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa) Date: 08/02/2006

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Pappi, left, an under aged Indian bride, poses for photographs with groom Mangilal Tawar after their marriage at the Jalapa Mata Hindu temple in Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh state, India, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Even though child marriages are illegal in India, they are still held particularly in small poverty stricken villages. (AP Photo/Anil Dixit) Date: 14/05/2013

 

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In this picture taken Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Zali Idy, 12, poses in her bedroom in the remote village of Hawkantaki, Niger. Zali was married in 2011. In January 2012, soon after she turned 12, she was carried on a bullock cart to her 23-year-old husband’s home. Even during the best of times, one out of every three girls in Niger marries before her 15th birthday, a rate of child marriage among the highest in the world, according to a UNICEF survey. Now this custom is being layered on top of a crisis. At times of severe drought, parents pushed to the wall by poverty and hunger are marrying their daughters at even younger ages. A girl married off is one less mouth to feed, and the dowry money she brings in goes to feed others. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) Date: 18/07/2012

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In this picture taken Friday July 20, 2012, Aicha, 14, poses in her bedroom in the remote village of Kaihi Niger. originally from Hawkantaki, Aicha has been married for seven months. Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. In the province of Maradi, 42 percent of girls are married before the age of 15. With Niger ranking first in birth rate, that custom is one of the causes of the widespread malnutrition problems plaguing the region. Last year, before the start of the harvest, there were 10 girls in Hawkantaki between the ages of 11 and 15. By spring 2012, seven were married, and another two are engaged. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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In this Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 file photo, Afghan doctors, unseen, dress the tortured ear of Sahar Gul, 15-year-old at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women’s rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations, a judge said Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Raja,16, and 15-year-old child bride Sintu look on at the Balaji temple in Kamkheda village, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ignoring laws that ban child marriages, young children are still married off as part of centuries-old custom in some Indian villages. India law prohibits marriage for women younger than 18 and men under age 21. (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne)

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Newly married 12-year-old child bride Dropada, right, follows her 14-year-old husband Sonu at Japla Mata temple in Rajgarh, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) from Bhopal, India, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ignoring laws that ban child marriages, young children are still married off as part of centuries-old custom in some Indian villages. India law prohibits marriage for women younger than 18 and men under age 21. (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne)

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In this Friday, May 6, 2011 photo, a newly married child bride, left, stands at a temple in Rajgarh, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) from Bhopal, India. Ignoring laws that ban child marriages, several young children, are still married off as part of centuries-old custom in some Indian villages. India law prohibits marriage for women younger than 18 and men under age 21. (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne)

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Fourteen year old Bablu, left, wearing a garland made of Indian currency tries to remove the veil of his twelve-year-old bride Mata Bai, outside a temple after offering prayers in Rajgarh, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) from Bhopal, India, Friday, May 6, 2011. Ignoring laws that ban child marriages, young children are still married off as part of centuries-old custom in some Indian villages. India law prohibits marriage for women younger than 18 and men under age 21. (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne)

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Three-year-old Sunam is dressed in a bridal outfit in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2007. Sunam cannot talk yet, but her father Parvez agreed to engage his young daughter to her cousin Nieem, 7, because his sister, Fahima, Nieem’s mother, did not have a daughter and desperately wanted one. (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy) Date: 03/10/2007

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Parvez holds his 3-year-old daughter Sunam, who is dressed in the outfit she wore for the party in which she was engaged to her seven-year-old cousin, Nieem, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 11, 2007. Sunam cannot talk yet, but Parvez agreed to engage his young daughter because his sister, Fahima, Nieem’s mother, did not have a daughter and desperately wanted one. (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy) 

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Three-year-old Sunam, wears her engagement outfit and holds hands with her fiance, her 7-year-old cousin, Nieem, in Kabul

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14-year-old child bride Laxmi looks on at the Balaji temple in Kamkheda village, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, Saturday, May 7, 2011.

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Nine-year-old Hindu, right, stands with his 7-year-old bride Guddu Bai at Biaora, about 135 kilometers from Bhopal, India, Saturday, May 7, 2011.

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7-year-old child bride Guddu Bai sits at the back of a truck as she waits for the rest of her family members after being wed, at Biaora

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Child bride Smita,13, from Raghogarh village

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An unidentified bride stands covered in a veil during her marriage at Jalpa Mata temple in Rajgarh

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This picture is headlined “Niger Hunger Brides”

In this picture taken Thursday, July 19, 2012, young girls stand in a field of millet outside the remote village of Hawkantaki, Niger. In a normal year, the green shoots vaulted out of the ground and rose as high as 4 meters (13 feet), a wall tall enough to conceal an adult man. This time, they only reached the waist. Last year, before the start of the harvest, there were 10 girls in Hawkantaki between the ages of 11 and 15. By spring 2012, seven were married, and another two are engaged. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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A young Indian bride sits with her groom during a wedding organized by a local agency in the village of Vadiya, about 240 kilometers (149 miles) from Ahmedabad, India, Sunday, March 11, 2012. The event, which saw the marriage of eight poor nomadic tribeswomen to eight young men, was organized by a local social assistance group in an effort to prevent the girls from taking to prostitution, a traditionally common source of employment in the village. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

 

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Nujood Ali, a 10-year old Yemeni girl, and her lawyer Shada Nasser leave the stage after being honoured at the Glamour Women of the Year awards Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in New York. Ali, a former child bride, was able to get a divorce from her abusive husband with the help of Nasser. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

 

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