'Girls my age should not be married'- child bride who was married at age 11 1 month ago

'Girls my age should not be married'- child bride who was married at age 11

She wants other parents to rethink marrying off their young daughters.

Benesh is a child bride who was married at the age of 11 and unfortunately she is not alone in becoming a wife while still a child.

Over a third of girls in the developing world are married before their 18th birthday.

Benesh was 11 when she found out that her father had sold her for USD$3,000, but she didn’t know what it meant to be married.

"I thought I was going to a fun picnic. That’s when I was told, ‘you are married now, and this is your husband. You won’t be seeing your family anymore’.

I was terrified and filled with anguish. I kept crying and crying. Other children in my new family kept trying to play games with me to try to distract me and, I think, to try to make me feel more comfortable."

Now 14-years-old Benesh is pregnant with her second child and being cared for at a World Vision mobile health unit while also learning about contraception and the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

Benesh age 14

 

“If I saw my family again today, I would tell them that they shouldn’t have married me off.

Girls my age should not be married. We should we encouraged to stay in school and get a good education. I am illiterate.

I often see other girls my age still going to school, but I can only watch, I wish I could go to school too. I miss my friends. I miss learning new things, doing maths, becoming better at different subjects, and playing at the lunchbreak.

Now, that part of my life is over. I don’t want this life for my children. It’s not fair."

Benesh hasn’t had any contact with her family for three years. If Benesh gives birth to a girl, she wants her daughter to be educated and have a chance for a better life than she has.