Sonita Alizadeh
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100 Women 2015: Afghan rapper who escaped child marriage

Sonita Alizadeh, a rapper from Afghanistan, was inspired to write music when her family "had to sell" her to "buy a bride for my brother".

"Those girls who are forced into underage marriage lose their childhood. They lose their hope," she says.

"When I moved to America I couldn't get the image of my friends' faces out of my mind - all bruised and scarred as a result of standing up to their families," she adds.

Video production by Paul Harris and Anahita Shams.

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  • 26 Nov 2015
  • From the section World
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