Child Marriage Around the World: Turkey — Sultan

As Sultan Tümerdem approaches her sixth decade, she says she is “very happy” with her life, her husband and two sons. A homemaker in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, she recalls she felt “very crushed” when she was forced to leave school to marry. She was so young at the time, she says, it was if she, her husband and their sons grew up together.

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