Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply ‘Too Young To Wed’

Aracely, 15, holds her infant. “What I hope is to keep moving forward... to see how I can get my boy ahead. The hard thing, maybe... when he gets older and he leaves... that's when is going to be hard for me. When he is older. Because he is the one who will help me get ahead. Aracely is one of the half a million of Guatemalan girls who marry and give birth before they can legally vote, drink, or buy cigarettes. According to a 2012 UN Population Fund survey, 30% of Guatemalan women aged 20-24 were married by 18, and that number may be even higher in rural areas. Teenage births are so common that there’s even a law requiring mothers under 14 to have C-sections, because their hips are too narrow to give birth.
Aracely, 15, holds her infant. “What I hope is to keep moving forward… to see how I can get my boy ahead. The hard thing, maybe… when he gets older and he leaves… that’s when is going to be hard for me. When he is older. Because he is the one who will help me get ahead.
Aracely is one of the half a million of Guatemalan girls who marry and give birth before they can legally vote, drink, or buy cigarettes. According to a 2012 UN Population Fund survey, 30% of Guatemalan women aged 20-24 were married by 18, and that number may be even higher in rural areas. Teenage births are so common that there’s even a law requiring mothers under 14 to have C-sections, because their hips are too narrow to give birth.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s