Child Marriage as a Weapon of War
We are huge fans of photographer and humanitarian Stephanie Sinclair's work to shed light on child marriage, through her project Too Young to Wed. In this piece, she shares the stories of girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram and forced into marriage.
"The image is a portrait of 14-year-old twin sisters Hassana and Hussaina. The sisters were abducted at the age of 11 by Boko Haram fighters and made the brave decision to escape after hearing talk of their impending marriages. 'Any time the insurgents suspected we were planning an escape, they would refuse us food,' said Hussaina. 'They wanted us to be weak so we could not attempt to escape.'"
Read more of this harrowing story, see her extraordinary photographs and watch her short film via the New York Times.