When we think of weddings, we think of a happy day to celebrate with our family and friends. And like most girls, we even plan how that special day is going to be at a young age. However, that story is different for many girls living in developing nations, especially east Africa.
Today I attended the last day of the Fourth Annual FotoWeek DC photography festival , a phenomenal exhibit with many types of photos from all over, inspiring to change peoples view of the world. From “The Nights of 9/11” to “Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),” this powerful exhibit showcased and brought extraordinary regional and international photographs together. Out of all the photos, the one that spoke to me the most was the image below by Stephanie Sinclair.
“Family member place a white cloth over the head of Leyualem, 14, as she prepared to be whisked away on a mule by her new groom and his groomsmen. Leyualem had never met her husband before her wedding day, yet submitted as they bound her in the white wedding cloth. The men later said it was placed over her head so she would not be able to find her way back home should she want to escape the marriage.”