Afghan girl uses musical talent to escape a forced marriage
Watch a rap video inspired by Sonita Alizadeh’s life story
Sonita Alizadeh’s rap video has gained more than 700,000 views on YouTube. In it, she shares her experience growing up in Afghanistan knowing she didn't have the right to choose who she married.
The girl whose story inspired a documentary, which screened at Sundance this year, told The New York Times, her goal is “to make child marriage illegal all over the world.”
According to A Plus, a New York news agency, by 16, Alizadeh’s parents tried to sell her twice. It was while her documentary was being filmed that the filmmaker paid her family to put off the arranged marriage of its star. The goal was to secure money for Alizadeh’s brother to pay a dowry to his intended bride.
Watch the video, and listen to the powerful lyrics.
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