Kakheti Region, National Geographic
In each Stories Issue, we collect stories from women around the world. These stories are authentic, raw, and unapologetic. They are emotional. They are stories not often told. We hope their stories of strength will spark necessary conversations about child marriage and, most importantly, change these practices for the betterment of women everywhere.
Inside the Lives of Georgia's Child Brides
"Photojournalist Daro Sulakauri grew up in Georgia and remembers one of her classmates getting married when they were both only 12. "I had this disturbed feelings in a way", she remembers. "I felt like something was wrong. But I didn't understand what it was."
"I was comfortable and happy in Syria because our country is heaven. But when war started, it was destroyed. We would go to school, study, go on a break, play, joke. We did everything. But the situation is bad in Syria and I had to be protected. I wanted to be a painter. This was my dream. But Syria is destroyed and that dream won't be fulfilled."
"When I heard it wasn't happening, that she had reconsidered my marriage, I felt so happy that I shouted out and thanked God for calling off my marriage. I want to be a teacher and there are a lot of poor children like me who want to study. I feel like instead of beating them up, if they are loved, they'll understand the subject more."
We Were Forced Into Arranged Marriages But We Fought Back
"Nobody will dare to remove my little sisters from school. Everyone used to think I was a nasty, disrespectful girl. But now they realize that school is a good option. I will show them what I can do with my life."
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