Rohingya in Bangladesh: Child Marriage: 2_18_rohingya_childmarriage_ALLISONJOYCE_07

Abdul Karim, 20 and Arifa Begum, 16, pose for a photo in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. They were married in a Bangladesh refugee camp one week ago. Arifa fled to Bangladesh from Bouli Bazar in Myanmar and Abdul fled from Tula Toli, both after the August 25th attack. Abdul says 'I didn't want to get married, I wanted to wait until I can go home to Myanmar. I have no work here, how can I support a family? My father wanted me to get married because food ration cards are given to individual families here'. Arifa says, 'I didn't want to get married, but I can't deny my parents wishes. My father wanted me to get married, I don't have a choice. I have to do what he says'. Arifa's father, Abdul Mabub says 'I don't have enough food to feed her. The camp is unsafe and marriage means safety. I'm not home to look after her all the time, now her new family looks after her and she's not my responsibility anymore'.

Abdul Karim, 20 and Arifa Begum, 16, pose for a photo in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. They were married in a Bangladesh refugee camp one week ago. Arifa fled to Bangladesh from Bouli Bazar in Myanmar and Abdul fled from Tula Toli, both after the August 25th attack. Abdul says 'I didn't want to get married, I wanted to wait until I can go home to Myanmar. I have no work here, how can I support a family? My father wanted me to get married because food ration cards are given to individual families here'. Arifa says, 'I didn't want to get married, but I can't deny my parents wishes. My father wanted me to get married, I don't have a choice. I have to do what he says'. Arifa's father, Abdul Mabub says 'I don't have enough food to feed her. The camp is unsafe and marriage means safety. I'm not home to look after her all the time, now her new family looks after her and she's not my responsibility anymore'.