10 Powerful Photos That Expose What’s At Stake When Child Marriage Is The Norm

The skirt belongs to her mother, the scarf to a friend. The red necklace was a gift (“My grandma bought it for me from the market — it’s my favorite thing in the world”), and her shoes…well, her shoes are her own — but they’re about to be kicked off and discarded somewhere in the field. As Kusum, 15, scoops up the folds of material in her fingers and runs towards the makeshift photo studio, she stumbles and lands face first in the grass. Her friend, Hasina, makes a small noise and steps forward, but Kusum sits back on her heels and grins. Real life has been suspended for the next six hours, and you can see it all over her face. Read more here: