Child Marriage Around the World: Bangladesh — Mahi

Since childhood, Mahi dreamed of being an actress. But by 11, over her vehement objections, she was betrothed to someone she had never met. Six months after the marriage, she signed for a loan to help her husband start a business — a plan she says was just a ruse for him to leave her. Now divorced, she regrets not being able to finish school. She wonders, “What am I going to do with my life? Will my dream ever come true?”

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