The price of making Afghanistan your next bride has now increased dramatically.
According to reports, a nine-year-old girl was married off in the Afghan province of Ghazni, but was rescued after international outcry. She is now staying with family friends.
According to local news reports, the girl was taken to the wedding by her parents in order to make ends meet.
“Informing our neighbors of her engagement and going for the wedding ceremony violated her privacy,” a police source told the AFP news agency.
The local education ministry sought assistance from Afghanistan’s foreign ministry to bring the girl home.
“I am grateful to the British government for providing many vaccinations and medicines for children in Afghanistan,” Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said in a statement, after the United Kingdom’s Minister for Development and International Cooperation gave an assurance that “we will not stand by while girls are forced into marriage.”
There are an estimated 12 million people living in Afghanistan who are completely or partially of the Islamic faith. The majority of them are in the rural areas of the north, where the girl was brought to be married off. Child marriage occurs almost daily in Afghanistan, according to the Anti-Child Marriage Network. The vast majority of women in the country who marry before the age of 18, particularly children, are kept without access to education or health care.
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