Stephanie Sinclair’s first encounter with child marriage occurred in 2003 while doing a story on self-immolation in Afghanistan. All the victims she met had been married very young, some only 9 years old, and to much older men. Meigon in Herat told how her drug addict father sold her into marriage when she was 11, and detailed the rape by her husband. That was when Stephanie decided to devote herself to the subject, covering Afghanistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen. She was determined that her images would have an effect on people’s understanding of the issue, highlighting the urgent need to work within these communities for change.
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