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Child marriage occurs in more than 50 developing countries around the world. From India and Yemen to Afghanistan to Ethiopia, the practice is a complex one marred in socio-economic traditions, culture, and gender roles. Change comes slowly, often one individual at a time refusing to wed.
Yesterday, we featured a video of 11 year-old Nada Al-Ahdal who ran away from home to avoid being forced into marriage. To continue on the theme of child brides, today's post highlights talks by National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney as they speak of their experience covering the weddings of girls as young as five.
Click to watch the video of their presentation.