How climate change is spurring early, forced marriages
Watch part one of a video series about child brides in Bangladesh
BANGLADESH — Climate change is impacting Bangladesh in a way few would believe — it’s leading to more early, forced marriages.
According to a digital video series, released through digital news agency TakePart and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, flooding and cyclones connected to extreme heat is making it extremely difficult to make a living farming. As a result, many parents can’t support their families, and girls are being married off in their early teens.
“[My father] got me married in such a hurry, he didn’t ask a lot of questions,” shares Brishti, one of the teenagers featured. “My father was working as a night guard, and met another guard there. That guard fixed the marriage. They didn’t mention that the guy was already married.”
Watch the first video of the three-part series to learn more about the impact of early, forced marriage on the lives of female youth in Bangladesh.
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