10 Shocking Wedding Photos of Child Brides

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Washington D.C. — Young girls who are neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers are married everyday. These young girls, child brides, are at far greater risk of experiencing fatal complications in childbirth, having no access to education and suffering domestic violence.

Here are 10 facts and 10 wedding photos of child brides.

Sources: Girls Not Brides

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Most child brides are married in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Source: Do Something
Photo: Lump

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Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to become brides under the age of 18. This fact shows the importance of education for all.
Source: Do Something
Photo: Lump

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Child marriage is a travesty to human rights.
Source: Do Something
Photo: Lump

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The world’s poorest countries have the highest rates of child marriages.
Source: Do Something
Photo: Shepherd’s Piehole

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One of the main causes of the practice of marrying off child brides is families trying to lessen their economic burdens.
Source: Do Something
Photo: Fait Religieux

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Girls married before the age of 18 are significantly more likely to be the victims of domestic abuse than women who are married over the age of 18.
Source: Do Something
Photo: UNICEF

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100 million child brides will be forced to wed over the next decade.
Source: Do Something
Photo: The American Muslim

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Girls under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die while giving birth than those in their 20s.
Source: Do Something
Photo: The Guardian

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A shocking 77 percent of women in Niger were married before age 18.
Source: Do Something
Photo: Lump

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Worldwide, 36 percent of women ages 20 to 24 were married before they were 18.
Source: Do Something
Photo: Canal Blog

Feature Photo: Stereogum

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