Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // "Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him," Tahini (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghana, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah, Yemen, in 2010. Child marriage has long been a scourge in Yemen, one of the few countries in the region without a legal minimum age of marriage. Attempts to set 18 as the minimum marrying age collapsed with the outbreak of the Yemeni Civil War which began in 2015. The UNFPA-INTERSOS assessment interviewed over 250 community members, local leaders and survivors of child marriage for insight into how families are coping with the conflict. Most participants "were of the opinion that child marriage has increased in their community. They all stated that the conflict pushed the practice," according to the assessment’s findings.
I am honored to participate in a week-long takeover of the @theIWMF Instagram feed. I will be showcasing the images that were the basis of my recent Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award. Anja, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer who tragically lost her life in 2014 in Afghanistan, dedicated her life to documenting conflict and its impact on the people of war-torn regions. It has been a great honor to receive this award from the IWMF and have my work featured as part of her legacy. #photojournalism #iwmfcourage #yemen #anjascourage #girls #letgirlslearn