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And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions. Sinclair has been working on the project for nearly a decade.

Photographer Stephanie Sinclair has traveled the world taking pictures, like the one of the Afghan couple, to document the phenomenon. She goes into the areas with help from people in these communities who want the practice to stop, because they see the harmful repercussions. I hated to see him," Tahani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25.

Leyualem was whisked away on a mule with a sheet covering up her face.

In a Christian community in Ethiopia, she captured the image of a 14 year-old girl named Leyualem in a scene that looks like an abduction.

By Samuel Burke, CNN Before their wedding ceremony begins in rural Afghanistan, a 40-year-old man sits to be photographed with his 11-year-old bride.

The girl tells the photographer that she is sad to be engaged because she had hoped to become a teacher.

Then my mother came in and said, ‘Come on my daughter.’ They were dressing me up and I was asking, ‘Where are you taking me?

’” Sinclair says, “This harmful, traditional practice of child marriage is just so embedded in some of these cultures that the families don't protect them as they should.” The subjects do know they’re being photographed and Sinclair tells them the topic she is working on.

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