Child Marriage Around the World: Afghanistan — Bobogai

With lenders “pressing hard” on her widowed mother, 11-year-old Babogai went from a childhood selling firewood and paper to help her family, to a young wife overwhelmed by her responsibilities and overburdened by her husband and his family’s expectations. Back at home after two months, she sells paper again for 10 or 20 afghanis.

Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project