Too Young to Wed - National Geographic
> Listening to Ya Nabi Salam - Maher Zain as I write this post; I'm lost for words. This is simply eye-opening. I don't even know what to think! I knew these things happened in the world but I didn't know to what extent!
The video emphasizes the practice of child marriages around the world. Although, I do understand the meaning behind the entire practice - I do not understand the logic behind getting a 5 year old married, and I can't seem to get past that! A majority of the individuals shown were or seem to be Muslim (from the attire and their names) and I wasn't surprised to see this...
It just makes me sad that some of these girls are as young as 14 years and have 2-3 children already! That's mind boggling! At 20, I'm hardly ready to welcome a child into my world. These girls hardly had any time to grow - both physically and mentally. With so many changes going on with their bodies at that prime age - I can't even begin to imagine what was going through in their minds. Confusion? Anxiety? Hurt? Aloneness? At least you and I had school to learn about these issues, but most of these girls didn't get that opportunity because they didn't go to school! Also, I highly doubt that there mothers talked about the issues they were dealing with or even about "the birds & the bees".
I love how the NG journalists put the issue into perspective with excellent visuals. It gave the audience a clearer picture of what these children look like and what their cultures look like ... Check out the video for yourself and let me know what you think!- SMS XO