By: Alexandra Kinias Caption: A Child Bride In Afghanistan. By: Stephanie Sinclair,winner of UNICEF photo of the year 2007 While most eight years old girls go to bed dreaming of doll houses, ballet classes, crayons and scrapbooks, princesses in sequence dresses and tiaras, nightmares keep others awake in fear that the sunlight of the new day will rob them of their childhood; in one of the most heinous crimes that are still committed to humanity: Underage Marriages. Unfortunately in regions where it is practiced, communities keep a blind eye on these illegal marriages, which in reality legalize pedophilia, prostitution, rape … Continue reading My Deep Condolences For Your Daughter’s Wedding
Editorial by Alexandra Kinias 1. LAOS: One Woman’s Mission to Free Laos From Millions of Unexploded Bombs Thanks to Lao-American Channapha Khamvong’s efforts, the United States will be spending $12 million to get rid of millions of unexploded ordnance in Laos, up from $2.5 million ten years ago. From her little office in Washington D.C., Khamvongsa has been able to raise money and awareness about the contaminated country. Laos is littered with live, hidden cluster bombs from 580,000 American bombing missions half a century ago. They are forgotten leftovers from “the Secret War,” one of the most severe air campaigns … Continue reading Women Around the World this Week ..