In Chad, one out of every three girls says "I do" before she turns 15.
And they're not alone.
Child marriage is a serious and pervasive issue around the world. A full third of girls in developing countries are married before their eighteenth birthday, with one in nine married before they even turn 15. And though, as UNICEF explains, both sexes can be affected by child marriage, girls are particularly vulnerable because upon marriage they are often deprived of education, separated from friends and family and forced to become mothers at a very young age.
"Neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers, these girls are at far greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence," writes advocacy group Girls Not Brides on its website.
Each year, 70,000 girls aged 15 to 19 die during pregnancy or giving birth.
In order to draw people's attention to child marriage and support their ongoing campaign #ENDChildMarriageNow, UNICEF teamed up with American music producer RL Grime to create a shocking video for his song, "Always."
The video was shot in Chad, which has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. It illustrates two possible futures of a young girl in a society where child marriage is common: one that ends tragically, and one that seems full of promise.
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