She sat on the plane, heartbroken
the faces of the girls she photographed
etched on her mind. Child brides. Girls
married off as young as eight. She knew
child marriage existed in India but now
it was there in front of her face.
A photojournalist living in Nepal, she traveled
back and forth between there and New Delhi,
using her camera to tell about the plight of young
girls forced into marriage due to poverty
and lack of education. Mothers, former child
brides themselves saw their daughters doomed
to the same fate because of lack of viable
Girls too young to get married or to
have kids were forced to become women
before their time. How she wished she
could do more. She sighed, looking out
at the overcast sky. For now she would
continue to turn her lens on the communities
where this practice continued to flourish.
This was written in response to the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. For more information, click HERE.
Source: National Geographic