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“The situation was unbearable. They killed people in our presence so we would be afraid. Unfortunately, we had to leave some of our friends behind. We’d hoped we would meet soldiers and hoped they would not shoot us when they saw us. We lost faith we would be rescued.”
Reading 14-year-old Hassana’s account of being abducted by Boko Haram in a New York Times reportage by award-winning photojournalist Stéphanie Sinclair is gut-wrenching.
Through photography and videos, Sinclair tells the story of child brides the world over, from 15-year-old Radha in Northern India to six-year-old Tahani in Yemen.
Her work is on display in Paris until 24 September, at the Arche du Photojournalisme, a brand new exhibition space dedicated to the most impactful photojournalism in the world. Over 150 photos as well as six short filmed interviews with child brides have been selected by Sinclair and curator Jean-François Leroy.
Sinclair has been documenting and raising awareness about child marriage since 2003, after she realised the extent of the issue when she heard about young girls setting themselves on fire to escape forced marriage.
This led her to set up Too Young to Wed (TYTW), a not-for-profit protecting young girls and giving them back agency through photography. Too Young To Wed and Brides Do Good collaborate and build ways to eliminate child marriage in one generation as we donate a percentage of our sales to Sinclair’s NGO.
Together, we provide awareness and on-the-ground support to girls who have experienced early, child and forced marriages. Through BdG's passion, dedication and integral funding, TYTW continues to support Adolescent Girls Photography Workshops in Kenya and educational support for girls who have bravely escaped child marriage in Nigeria.
Following the recent reportage on this issue in Nigeria published in the New York Times, TYTW is committed to providing girls with the emotional and logistical support needed to move forward and make their own choices. The funds contributed by BdG support TYTW's ongoing awareness programs and direct support to the girls living in affected regions.
BdG will attend Sinclair’s exhibition opening on Thursday 15 June. Keep an eye out on our Instagram account @Brides_do_Good for live stories.
Where: Arche du Photojournalisme, Grande Arche de La Défense, Paris
When: Until 24 September
Ticket: From €11 https://www.lagrandearche.fr/le-photojournalisme
Closest Metro station: La Défense (Line 1)