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"Here Comes The Child Bride"

By aspiringwriterAD, Brooklyn, NY

We, girls have always imagined our wedding day. We have dreamed of all the decorations and desserts, being a princess for a day with the perfect dress. And let’s not forget about the boy at the end of the aisle. This was always a part of our imagination and just a dream for the moment. But, there are girls just like us out there who have our dreams come true for them. Can you believe that? You may be thinking that they are one of those lucky girls, but for them it’s nothing like that. Our dreams are their nightmares.

Khadija Rasoul, age 13 and Basgol Sakhi, age 14 live in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both girls had been fleeing for two days from their village on a bus along the rutted roads and over mountain passes. They had been fleeing from their illegal, forced marriages to much, much older men (elder men).

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