Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // Sisters Yagana, 21, Yakaka, 19, and Falimata, 14, were all abducted and held captive by Boko Har...

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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // Sisters Yagana, 21, Yakaka, 19, and Falimata, 14, were all abducted and held captive by Boko Haram until their escape. “After invading Bama, the Boko Haram insurgents came to my house, one of them saw me and said, ‘I want to marry you,’” Yakaka told me a year ago. "I said, ‘My parents will not give me to you. Then he said, ‘O.K., that is easy. Let me kill them, so that you will now be the one to decide.’ We got married in the Sambisa forest. Three months later, my husband was killed. I was pregnant by that point.” When Boko Haram abducted 276 Chibok schoolgirls from their dormitory in 2014, the world took notice as #BringBackOurGirls filled our social media feeds. However, nearly four years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has led to the kidnapping of thousands of girls in the region. ---------------------------
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY you can purchase an 8.5x11 signed print of THIS IMAGE by visiting www.TOOYOUNGTOWED.ORG/PRINTSALE. @tooyoungtowed is currently supports about 75 multi-year scholarships for vulnerable girls in the villages where our images are made - including the tuition for all of the girls featured in this story. We also host girl empowerment photography workshops that help vulnerable girls gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, learn tools to manage their trauma and express themselves, advocate for the rights of girls’ and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. 
#tooyoungotwed #printsale #bringbackallourgirls #nigeria #girls #letgirlslearn

Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix  @tooyoungtowed  // Sisters Yagana, 21, Yakaka, 19, and Falimata, 14, were all abducted and held captive by Boko Haram until their escape. “After invading Bama, the Boko Haram insurgents came to my house, one of them saw me and said, ‘I want to marry you,’” Yakaka told me a year ago. "I said, ‘My parents will not give me to you. Then he said, ‘O.K., that is easy. Let me kill them, so that you will now be the one to decide.’ We got married in the Sambisa forest. Three months later, my husband was killed. I was pregnant by that point.” When Boko Haram abducted 276 Chibok schoolgirls from their dormitory in 2014, the world took notice as #BringBackOurGirls  filled our social media feeds. However, nearly four years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has led to the kidnapping of thousands of girls in the region. --------------------------- FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY you can purchase an 8.5x11 signed print of THIS IMAGE by visiting www.TOOYOUNGTOWED.ORG/PRINTSALE. @tooyoungtowed  is currently supports about 75 multi-year scholarships for vulnerable girls in the villages where our images are made - including the tuition for all of the girls featured in this story. We also host girl empowerment photography workshops that help vulnerable girls gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, learn tools to manage their trauma and express themselves, advocate for the rights of girls’ and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. #tooyoungotwed  #printsale  #bringbackallourgirls  #nigeria  #girls  #letgirlslearn 

615 Comments

2 days ago dimonz87

Very impressive

2 days ago 1kocak1

😍

2 days ago holideos

Unbelievable

2 days ago richiejoshkn

🙌🏻🙌🏻

2 days ago hbarlett

Praise JAH for the escape. Go well, stay well.

2 days ago 0kelvin_

I REP 🇳🇬

2 days ago hovannes_khachatrian

Best colours

2 days ago sarajean1985

What’s @cypresshill  gonna day?

2 days ago philstaaa

Awesome pic 👌🏼

2 days ago luxlady1_

Super 👌👌👌

2 days ago magikschoolbus

Its amazing

2 days ago tiltylisbon

Beautiful light !

2 days ago krizshine

😢they need us

2 days ago duke5000mh

색의조화

2 days ago asiamsciart

Wow! Wonderful colours and light!

a day ago pomerantz.esther

😢

a day ago brajesh0905

Beautiful

a day ago carroyroberts

Nations

a day ago manijareal

💔

a day ago marisacroce1

Wonderful pic 🔝🔝🔝

a day ago maram_dahab

😍😍

a day ago vosa_jnr

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a day ago sfranquesa

You do a great job empowering these girls. But how can you avoid these marriages if they are done by force and violence?

a day ago ro_cinetvmusica

💚💛💜💚💛💜💚💛💜💚💛💜💚💛💜💚💛💜💚💛💜💚💜💚💜💚💛💜🔥📸🔥📸🔥

a day ago jonathanrenfield

My heart bleeds #realworldproblems 

20 hours ago bradopel25

Wow I found a @natgeo  post that @cypresshill  hasn’t commented on yet

18 hours ago thestokehold

✊✊✊

17 hours ago marvsmores21

so so gorgeous

14 hours ago feliferias

Luchadoras fuertes indomables

13 hours ago serafimasemenova4458

👍

11 hours ago _sarah_athen_

❤✊✊

10 hours ago andya.7

Preciosa foto , muy vistosa

9 hours ago mrofcolorsphotography

Great photo👏🏻👏🏻✨✨📷

9 hours ago newlycajun

Beauty

8 hours ago jullien_lyubanya

❤️❤️❤️

6 hours ago enplusfashionconcept

🏅💎🎖

5 hours ago alexmartin7273

Bring back our girls!

4 hours ago azmina___

💙💛💜

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