I saw this photo a couple of days ago, and have not been able to take it out of my head ever since. The picture sent shivers down my spine. I got a sudden urge to protect this little girl. This angelically beautiful girl, with all her dreams and hopes crushed. My mind just can’t accept the view in this picture. It’s wrong, wrong, WRONG!
This child, eleven years old is married to a 40 years old man! Her parents married (sold) her to this man, because they couldn’t afford to keep her. The minimum age for brides in Afghanistan is sixteen. How I wish I could take all these small angels under my wings, protect them, give them education and a carefree childhood!
Can you imagine? 150 000 teenagers die due to pregnancy complications? Their small bodies are not made to carry children. About one-third of the child-brides in Egypt are victims of domestic violence.
This little girl was promised education by her “husband”. Which will never happen….
I have no daughter of my own. This girls picture is forever etched in my mind. I wish I could protect her!!