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Contact for this story is Amira Al-Shariff, [email protected], 967 733 71 91 24 . “A couple months after she was married, she went to the court and found a lawyer – a woman named Shada Nasser and asked her to help her get a divorce, and she was granted [it],” Sinclair says.

" data-medium-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/stephaniesinclair_040a1.jpg? w=300" data-large-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/stephaniesinclair_040a1.jpg? w=346" class=" wp-image-3809 " style="border:3px solid black;" title="Stephanie Sinclair_040a" alt="Nujoud Ali, two years after her divorce - when she was only eight years old - from her husband, more than 20 years her senior." src=" “It's definitely rare and Nujood became kind of an international symbol of child marriage, because she was able to do this.

Christiane Amanpour spoke with Sinclair about a book which features her photographs called, "Questions without Answers: The World in Pictures by the Photographers of VII." Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Afghnanistan on Sept. " data-medium-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/stephaniesinclair_025a1.jpg? w=300" data-large-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/stephaniesinclair_025a1.jpg? w=310" class=" wp-image-3801 " style="border:2px solid black;" title="Afghanistan" alt="Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Afghnanistan on Sept. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah. w=300&h=193 300w, sizes="(max-width: 313px) 100vw, 313px" /"Whenever I saw him, I hid.

" data-medium-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/sinclair_brideswpp_001a.jpg? w=300" data-large-file="https://cnniamanpour.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/sinclair_brideswpp_001a.jpg? w=400" class=" wp-image-3803 " style="border:3px solid black;" title="Sinclair_Brides WPP_001a" alt="Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him," Tehani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25.

The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah. Like most of the girls, Tehani didn’t even know she was getting married, until the wedding night. Tehani describes how she entered the marriage, “They were decorating my hands, but I didn’t know they were going to marry me off.

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.

There was something especially cool about being friends with them. ""So, no normal 20 year old wants to hang out with someone who is 15. Stay away from him."This was the sort of thing that always led to my leaving the room in a teary huff, maintaining loudly that she Just Didn't Understand. One Saturday, the guys planned a picnic in a nearby forest park. Even worse, I couldn't say why I didn't want to go with him. It seemed just about every woman I knew had a similar story, a time when wanting attention meant getting the wrong kind entirely.

We were still at an age where our parents insisted on treating us like children. Once again, she was treating me like a child, someone unable to make her own decisions. It didn't seem like such a big deal, as my best friend was doing nothing sneaking around to be with her boyfriend. Suddenly, I wasn't that scared, invisible girl anymore, watching from the sidelines. I remember it was a gorgeous fall day, crisp and cool, and the first time I'd had Brie cheese and red wine. All I had was my instinct and discomfort — a bad gut feeling. When I write novels, there is always a clear trajectory: the beginning, middle, climax, and end. "We'll go somewhere."And that's when I said it."."My own voice — big, firm, filling the space — was a surprise to both of us. When I turned 21, I remember making a point, regularly, to look at teens and ask myself whether I'd want to hang out with them, much less date one. As a teen wishing to be an adult, it is easy to get in over your head.

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