Issue #4

This Is The Story of Nargis & Nayeem

Child Mothers

Although I knew of the consequences of an early marriage, I still ended up getting married at 14 because my parents are extremely poor. At the time of the wedding, I was very nervous. I didn’t know my husband – even now I don’t know his age. I think he’s around 25 and he works in sales. I didn't want to move into his house. I remember crying a lot. Everyone around me somehow convinced me though. " 

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Escaping from North Korea in Search of Freedom

Yeonmi Park | One Young World

I have to do this because this is not me speaking, this is the people who wanted to tell the world what they want to say. When I was 9 years old I saw my friend's mother publicly executed. Her crime was watching a Hollywood movie. When I was four years old, I was warned by my mother not to even whisper - the birds and the mice could hear me. I admit it: I thought the North Korean dictator could read my mind. " 

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This Is The Story of Thandiwe & Anna

Child Mothers

I still don't feel ready to be a mother because I didn’t expect to have a child now. Before I was pregnant, I was in the sixth grade. I wanted to become a chef and work in town. Then I met a boy who was in the ninth grade. We didn’t have a relationship, we only met about five times – that’s all. I was scared when I found out I was pregnant. When my parents knew about it, they brought me to my husband's house and just left me. I didn’t want to go there but they forced me to marry him. "

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Child Marriage-Free Zones in Bangladesh

Plan International

I had to marry my cousin. My grandmother has taken care of me since I was young, so I felt I had to please her. I am not happy. I now have a 6-month old daughter. I had a dream of studying to become a teacher. I would have liked that. "

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