NPR : Photo Op: Child Brides in Afghanistan: “Majabin Mohammed, 13, at left, sits with her husband of six months, Mohammed Fazal, 45. Village elders advised him to accept Majabin as payment for a gambling debt.“
This is terrible. The New York Times Magazine is running a series of powerful photographs by photographer Stephanie Sinclair documenting the global problem of child brides. It would appear to be especially bad in Afghanistan where children as young as 11 years old are married off, oftentimes to repay gambling debts and the like.
While I can not begin to imagine the cultural differences between myself, an American, and those living in Afghanistan, this is horribly wrong. Girls should be allowed the time to mature into women and deserve more in their life than this. It is truly troubling to see the faces of these young girls being exploited this way.
Sinclair uses the camera in a important way to document this problem and show the rest of the world this injustice. Although the article written by Barry Bearak that accompanies her photos is powerful as well, it is these images produced by Sinclair that are most powerful of all.
I’m not sure what can be done about the global problem of child brides. But it is a tragedy of great proportion that this is allowed to go on in the world. And it makes me very, very sad.