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’” Sinclair says, “This harmful, traditional practice of child marriage is just so embedded in some of these cultures that the families don't protect them as they should.” The subjects do know they’re being photographed and Sinclair tells them the topic she is working on.She does tell them that there is teen pregnancy in places like the U.Nujoud's story sent shock waves around the country and caused parliament to consider a bill writing a minimum marriage age into law. In a rare turn of events, Ali managed to get a divorce at age 10.Contact for this story is Amira Al-Shariff, [email protected], 967 733 71 91 24 . “A couple months after she was married, she went to the court and found a lawyer – a woman named Shada Nasser and asked her to help her get a divorce, and she was granted [it],” Sinclair says.S., but for the societies she’s photographing it’s even worse that 13-year-old girls are pregnant and unmarried.Portraits Nujoud Ali, two years after her divorce – when she was only eight years old – from her husband, more than 20 years her senior. w=300&h=241 300w" sizes="(max-width: 169px) 100vw, 169px" / Another one of the photographs Sinclair took is of a Yemeni girl named Nujood Ali.She is one of the 51 million child brides around the world today. 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.And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions. Sinclair has been working on the project for nearly a decade.
“Often you see these group marriages because the girl and the families can't afford to have three weddings.” In the five-year-old girl’s case, Rajni will continue to live with her own family for several years.The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah. Like most of the girls, Tehani didn’t even know she was getting married, until the wedding night. Tehani describes how she entered the marriage, “They were decorating my hands, but I didn’t know they were going to marry me off.Then my mother came in and said, ‘Come on my daughter.’ They were dressing me up and I was asking, ‘Where are you taking me?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. w=300&h=237 300w, sizes="(max-width: 230px) 100vw, 230px" / Sinclair travelled to India and Nepal, and photographed child marriages among some Hindus.Maya, 8, and Kishore, 13, pose for a wedding photo inside their new home, the day after the Hindu holy day of Akshaya Tritiya, called Akha Teej in North India " data-medium-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/stephaniesinclair_007a.jpg? A five-year-old Hindu girl named Rajni was married under cover of night: “Literally at four o'clock in the morning.
“It's a harmful traditional practice that is slowly changing.