A bride that should stay a child

In many ways, this video is shocking to the liberal Western mind.  It brings to the light a world that we would rather not contemplate, a world that is cruel and unforgiving to children (especially girls) that in many ways are seen as commodities rather than children.  They are a cultural and economic asset and as such have no rights.

We look at such stories and are shocked and take comfort in the fact that such things do not happen here in the West.  In the UK we take comfort in the fact that we have moved past such practices and have legal safeguards against both child and forced marriages (are not all child marriages not forced marriages?).  Yet this is far from the truth and this is the most shocking thing about child and forced marriages – they are alive and well in the UK

Such reports should shock us but what good is being shocked if we do nothing to stop the practice in the UK (never mind far-flung places like Afghanistan)?  Just because an Afghan person comes to the UK does not mean that they leave their cultural norms in Afghanistan.

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Lived and worked in Muslim-majority countries for over 12 years while working in the international development sector as a senior director/manager. This included South East Asia, East, and West Africa (including the Horn of Africa), the Middle East and Afghanistan. Main interests in life is the study of Political Islam and how this has interacted with non-Islamic civilisations, especially Judeo-Christian civilisations, in history and currently.

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