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In Guatemala, Girls Marry Before Physical, Emotional Maturity

New York Times: Child, Bride, Mother
Stephanie Sinclair, photojournalist and founder and executive director of Too Young to Wed

“…The United Nations Population Fund estimates that in 2015 more than 550,000 Guatemalan girls will marry before they are 18. That’s 1,500 girls married every day in just one country. … In Guatemala, it’s legal for a girl to marry as young as 14 — though many are married far younger than that. The result: Many girls marry men far older than themselves and become mothers long before they are physically and emotionally ready. Communicating the individual experiences of these child brides across cultural and language barriers became my passion, and, ultimately, my life’s work…” (2/6).

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