It was asserted that a photo which was shared on social media shows a young girl sold in Afghanistan. The photo circulating on various social media platforms for a long time is shared again with the same claim nowadays.
The claim is about the sale of a 9-year-old girl as bride in Afghanistan in 2013.
However, the claim that the photo shows a young girl sold in Afghanistan is not true. The said photo is about the protests against the Afghanistan operation of NATO in May 2011. The girl seen in the photo lost her family members in that operation.
The photo depicts anti-NATO protests
The photo subject to claim depicts the protests made after the overnight raid of NATO forces in Talokan, Afghanistan on May 17, 2011, which led to four deaths. The two-day-long protests started on May 18, 2011 and 12 people died after police and security forces opened fire to disperse crowd. Wall Street Journal reported that German soldiers fired due to the attack of protestors to German base. Reuters announced the death toll as 14.
The photo belongs to Reuters
This photo was taken on the first day of the protests on May 18, 2011 belongs to Reuters Photographer, Wahdat Afghan. It is seen that the photo was published by sources such as Independent, Wall Street Journal, Spiegel, VOA News and NTV (picture 19) as well.
(The protesters carrying dead bodies, Source: Reuters)
Prevalent child marriages in Afghanistan
There is various news about the sale of young girls as bride in Afghanistan, especially in rural areas. According to report of UNICEF called “The State of the World’s Children – 2017”, 9 percent and 35 percent of Afghan children marry at the ages of 15 and 18, respectively. This statistical information applies to the period between 2010 and 2016. An organization called Girls Not Brides established through the partnership of +1000 civil society organizations to fight against child marriages states that approximately 572.000 Afghan women between the ages of 20 and 24 were first married before they were 18 and that Afghanistan ranks 18 in early marriage in the world. The United Nations Population Fund reports that about 10 percent of the Afghan girls aged between 15 and 19 give birth every year.
Independent, News about the protests, May 19, 2011
Pajhwok, News about the protests, May 21, 2011
Telegraph, Other news, May 18, 2011
Wall Street Journal, The claim that German troops shoot Afghans, May 19, 2011
Reuters, News about protests, May 19, 2011
Reuters, Source of the photo, May 18, 2011
The New York Times, News about the protests, May 18, 2011
BBC, A video about the protests, May 18, 2011
Spiegel, A photo gallery showing the protests, May 18, 2011
VOA News, News about the protests, May 18, 2011
NTV, Photos of this week (May 16-22, 2011), May 22, 2011
BBC, About young girls sold in Afghanistan, January 29, 2013
The Washington Post, An article about a 9-year-old Afghan girl sold as bride, December 1, 2014
Girls Not Brides, Child marriage around the world