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Promised in Marriage, a Young Girl Gets Her Childhood Back

Half the Sky Movement

At age 10, Farzana was engaged to a 50-year-old man, who paid a bride price of $9,000 to her cash-strapped father –– a not uncommon fate for girls in Afghanistan. “I was crying very hard and telling my parents that I don’t want to go through with this,” recalls Farzana. With the help of her mother and the Child Protection Action Network –– a UNICEF-supported grassroots network –– three months of dialogue resulted in a returned dowry and a cancelled wedding. Farzana, now 12, is back in school.

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