Before their wedding ceremony begins in rural Afghanistan, a 40-year-old man sits to be photographed with his 11-year-old bride.
Photographer Stephanie Sinclair has traveled the world taking pictures, like the one of the Afghan couple, to document the phenomenon. Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in rural Afghanistan in 2005. Amanpour asked Sinclair if the 11-year-old Afghan girl married in 2005, and others like her, consummate their marriages at such an early age. Tehani describes how she entered the marriage, “They were decorating my hands, but I didn’t know they were going to marry me off.
The subjects do know they’re being photographed and Sinclair tells them the topic she is working on. Sinclair told Amanpour that she hopes her photographs would not only highlight the problems to westerners, but also show people in the areas where this takes place that if the girls continue to be taken out of the population to forcibly work at home, that their communities suffer as a whole. And when your daughter has had multiple s#xual partners by the time she is 15, you won't be sickened? On the grounds that this is a way for men to control women, as if they have no life of their own.
No, it is NOT normal for a grown man to force his organ into a 6, 9 or 11-year-old little girl, which is RAPE. I do have an education, and I agree with one statement that you said about always bringing the US in to this, however this issue also happens in the US.
Unfortunately, this revolting practice is religiously ingrained in the Muslim community where the practice is most widespread. You are correct that this was a common practice in many cultures (and religions) centuries ago!
While I'm sure child marriage was not unheard of in ancient European societies, in general European societies at least waited until the girls reached puberty. Raping children is a matter of humanity & is unforgivable no matter where it is happening in the world.
I believe that all places on this Earth should have 3 universal laws No murderd, NO Rape, and NO theift. Many of you believe this is sickening because we were raised taught different in our evolved countries.
We must understand that many of those offering comments on this matter are just plain ignorant. They do not know to marry off a 9 or 11 years- old girl was common praxis here in our own country for just a 100 years ago.
Hey, Vladmir, polygamy has nothing to do with marrying children, nor do mormons practice polygamy.
Don't generalize what happens in poor countries and countries without education have nothing to do with Islam not everyone that prays means he is a true Muslim. This is JUST as prevalent in Hindus in India and Sri Lanka and even amongst Christians in those countries!
It has nothing to do with being Muslims please stop puuting everything onto muslims it's a matter of poverty and culture and traditions and ignorance!!!!
People in glass houses should not start throwing rocks, Let's clean up our own backyard first! This is disgusting how can this happen in this day and age its disgusting what a vile practice. I had to read through pages of ignorant, mindless, knee-jerk garbage, much of it no doubt written by teabag right-wing trouble makers, before I got to this one sane and rational response. I agree nothing but vile monsters there only baby's what the hell are they thinking dirty pedos nothing more. The moment i read the article, i knew that i would inevitably see westerners who would criticize Islam because of their misinterpretation of the Prophet's marriage with Ayesha.
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I was very disappointed that after spending $9 in the drug store, I'll only get to use this a few times. The girl tells the photographer that she is sad to be engaged because she had hoped to become a teacher. Sinclair says while many Afghans told her the men would wait until puberty, women pulled her aside to tell her that indeed the men do have sex with the prepubescent brides.
She goes into the areas with help from people in these communities who want the practice to stop, because they see the harmful repercussions. I hated to see him," Tehani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25. Tehani and Ghada are sisters-in-law photographed with their husbands, who are both members of the military.
In a Christian community in Ethiopia, she captured the image of a 14 year-old girl named Leyualem in a scene that looks like an abduction. Sinclair wanted to photograph child marries in India and Nepal, because sometimes the boys entering a marriage are also young.
I am a Psychologist trained in both Domestic violence and child abuse and you would be surprised at how many of these cultural practices are linked to Honor Killings.
If she is not old enough to bleed that person is to be tried to the highest degree of Rape. However,if perhaps you apply this product first and then a concealer,it might conceal your dark circles better. Her favorite class was Dari, the local language, before she had to leave her studies to get married. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Yemen.
Like most of the girls, Tehani didn’t even know she was getting married, until the wedding night.
Yes children will experiment and do things without thinking but you CANNOT compare two curious children with a man RAPING an 11 year old. If you can even find an argument as to why this is race related or any excuse to why this is acceptable you shouldn't be breathing. I am definitely opposed to child marriages in any country – but we need to clean up our own back yard first.
I hope that this can change for the good and best of all the young girls whom are forced to do these things. She started her career starring in several TV commercials, including spots for McDonald’s and Walmart.
Sinclair asked the groomsmen why they covered her up; they said it was so she would not be able to find her way back home, if she wanted to escape the marriage. It is against God will to marry 4,5,6,7,8,9 or 17 years young girls because of thier religion and cultures. We also have a high rate of pregnancies in young, unwed girls – other countries think we are horrible because this is allowed here. Just recently, she appeared in her first film, 2011‘s Colombiana, playing the child version of the story’s protagonist in the opening scenes. I'm so tired of the excuses we are taught to offer up to men in every country for their disgusting actions. If religion or culture is the cause therefore that wasn't really true one may be is evil one. For all the people who have such strong opinions and think these child marriages should be stopped – I challenge you to become active in making it happen.
During 2011 she also filmed a movie for the Hallmark Channel, A Taste of Romance, which was released on TV January 2012.
UN and all international organization dealing with children should go after these practices.
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