Sunday, February 12, 2012

Afghanistan's Opium Child Brides

From The Atlantic

A 40-year-old Afghan man sits next to his 11-year-old bride, Ghulan / AP/UNICEF

"She was a 12-year-old girl, with fiery green eyes and defiance on her face. Her father had promised her hand to a stranger from Helmand province who didn't speak her language, was more than 30 years her senior, and already had eight children. Her father had borrowed the man's money for his poppy venture. And now it was up to her to repay that debt.

"Darya, as she was called in a new book by Fariba Nawa, Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan, represents a growing trend in Afghanistan, a trend in which families marry off their daughters to settle debts originating from the opium trade. 'Opium brides," they called them."

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