VII for National Geographic Magazine
"TOO YOUNG TO WED: THE SECRET WORLD OF CHILD BRIDES"
Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste. This project investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia.
"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. Nearly half of all women in Yemen were married as children.