“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.Girls aren’t always the only ones forced into marriage.
Some are outings, while some are doing projects at home. My dates with the girls will be: We made two sets of coupons and divided them up into envelopes for each month.By Samuel Burke, CNN Before their wedding ceremony begins in rural Afghanistan, a 40-year-old man sits to be photographed with his 11-year-old bride.The girl tells the photographer that she is sad to be engaged because she had hoped to become a teacher.And I think she's inspired a lot of other girls and other organizations to support these girls, to have a stronger voice.” Sinclair has documented the practice outside of the Muslim world.In a Christian community in Ethiopia, she captured the image of a 14 year-old girl named Leyualem in a scene that looks like an abduction.We just want to have it change even faster.” CNN’s Meredith Milstein produced this piece for television.3-year-old Drake didn’t think twice when his favorite baseball team, The Auburn Doubledays asked him to sing the national anthem right before the game.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 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.And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions. Sinclair has been working on the project for nearly a decade.Photographer Stephanie Sinclair has traveled the world taking pictures, like the one of the Afghan couple, to document the phenomenon. She goes into the areas with help from people in these communities who want the practice to stop, because they see the harmful repercussions. 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.