Rohingya in Bangladesh: Child Marriage: 2_18_rohingya_childmarriage_ALLISONJOYCE_03

Amina Begum, 15 , from Butidong Kancapara village in Myanmar sits segregated by a curtain from her husband and other men during her marriage ceremony on her wedding day in a Bangladesh refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Her husband, Munir, 22, is from same village. Amina and her family fled their village after the August 25th attack when the army and Buddhists opened fire on the village. They had to walk for 13 days to the Bangladesh border, sleeping in the forest and taking shelter in other villages on the way. Amina's father has 8 children, 5 girls and 3 boys. He says 'I already have a lot of daughters, if I marry them off it's good for me. If I get the opportunity I will marry the rest off as soon as possible. If I die, who will take responsibility for them?' Munir says 'I think 18 is the best age for a girl to get married, but we knew each other in the village so it's okay.'

Amina Begum, 15 , from Butidong Kancapara village in Myanmar sits segregated by a curtain from her husband and other men during her marriage ceremony on her wedding day in a Bangladesh refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Her husband, Munir, 22, is from same village. Amina and her family fled their village after the August 25th attack when the army and Buddhists opened fire on the village. They had to walk for 13 days to the Bangladesh border, sleeping in the forest and taking shelter in other villages on the way. Amina's father has 8 children, 5 girls and 3 boys. He says 'I already have a lot of daughters, if I marry them off it's good for me. If I get the opportunity I will marry the rest off as soon as possible. If I die, who will take responsibility for them?' Munir says 'I think 18 is the best age for a girl to get married, but we knew each other in the village so it's okay.'