My thoughts upon leaving this expo at the Gesu in Montreal:
"Girls here try to look sexy, want to have a boyfriend and want to look cool. Girls there want to go to school, want to be free from violence and do not want to end up marrying people who are 3, 4, 5 times their own age.
Suffering comes in many forms, this is one of those ways we rarely hear about or see. I want everyone to see the pictures and read every card explaining what you are looking at. The explanations on each one make all the beautiful colours in the images look so very ugly. Look into the eyes of these girls who were married off at the ages of 6, 8, 11 or 14. You should at least know that they exist. Before this show, I did not know that everyday 40,000 girls are made to quit school to marry much older men and have their babies before their own bodies and minds have finished growing.”
Just to give you an idea of what is presented in the photo above, the girl in the pink dress is 8 and the man standing next to her is her 25 year old husband. They have been married for two years now.