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Photos of Child Brides

Photos by Stephanie Sinclair, as part of her co-authored project in National Geographic, “Too Young to Wed.”
Listen to her interview with Michele Norris at NPR here.
Also, see her photo essay “The Bride Price: In Afghanistan some daughters to be married are just children” in the New York Times Magazine (see the third page – it is precious).

“I strongly believe there is not just a need for awareness-raising and prevention work, but we must find ways to help these girls who are already in these marriages — be it through giving financial incentives to their families to let them stay in school, or vocational training so they can have more say in their lives and households. Quality medical treatment is also needed for girls who are giving birth at these young ages. These girls need long-term solutions. There is no quick fix.”  (Sinclair)

Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic "Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him," Tahani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah, Yemen.

Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic Although early marriage is the norm in her small Nepali village, 16-year-old Surita wails in protest as she leaves her family's home, shielded by a traditional wedding umbrella and carried in a cart to her new husband's village.

Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic Asia, a 14-year-old mother, washes her new baby girl at home in Hajjah while her 2-year-old daughter plays. Asia is still bleeding and ill from childbirth yet has no education or access to information on how to care for herself.

Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic Long after midnight, 5-year-old Rajani is roused from sleep and carried by her uncle to her wedding. Child marriage is illegal in India, so ceremonies are often held in the wee hours of morning. It becomes a secret the whole village keeps, explained one farmer.

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Population at 7 Billion

Put the world in your 2011 New Years resolutions.

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Photo Essay – Massive Oil Spill Buried in News

Two ships float near in the massive oil slick spreading in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank last week off the coast of Louisiana.

Update from NPR: Officials had estimated about 42,000 gallons of oil a day was leaking into the gulf from the blown-out well. That would be closer to 210,000 gallons a day with the new estimates. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead, and more than 100 escaped the blast, the cause of which has not been determined.


Data taken from NPR’s and National Geographic’s coverage of the spill.  Pictures are linked with their original websites.

More than 5,000 barrels of oil have poured into the Gulf of Mexico since a deep water drilling rig leased to BP exploded, caught fire and sank last week.  Oil has spread over an area 100 miles long and 45 miles wide.   Authorities will not estimate how much oil has spilled altogether since the April 21 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig site, which is leased to the energy company BP. Oil continues to flow at the rate of 1,000 barrels (42,000 gallons) a day from damaged pipes 5,000 feet underwater, the Coast Guard’s Landry said.

The oil spill is now just 20 miles from the coast of Louisiana.  Offshore of the Delta National Wildlife Refuge—home to American alligators, brown pelicans, peregrine falcons, and piping plovers—workers were positioning long, tubelike booms in the Gulf on Tuesday in an attempt to keep any approaching oil at bay.

For the last three days, robotic submarines have been trying to activate a large valve on the floor of the Gulf to shut off the oil leak but the operation hasn’t been successful.  The Coast Guard is considering setting fire to the Gulf, to try to burn off as much oil as possible before the slick makes landfall.

This graphic shows the current location of the oil sheen produced by the Deepwater Horizon incident. Unified Command Center

This graphic shows the current location of the oil sheen produced by the Deepwater Horizon incident. MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA

A WORLD OF SPILLS This map shows the 439 reported oil spills of ten metric tons or more from tankers and barges between 1989 and 2007. Since the 1980s, spills of 700 metric tons or more dropped from an average of nine a year to four. NGM Maps.

A South Korean environmentalist held a mallard covered in oil after a tanker was punctured in 2007. The oil is washing ashore and blackening an 11-mile stretch of scenic coastline. The 2.7 million-gallon oil spill is Korea's worst. (Korean Federation for Environmental Movement via Associated Press)

Korean oil spill in Yellow Sea, 2007

Korean Oil Spill 2007

This isn’t an American problem.  This is a worldwide problem that affects everyone and everything.  Drive less, use less plastic, power down, and vote.

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