Warning: The original article is upsetting and may trigger some readers.
The Malaysian Rohingya Muslim minority group has had to endure agony for years: statelessness, poverty, hunger, persecution, and military attacks – and now forced child marriage is on the rise. ABC News shares the stories of Rohingya girls who are sold into marriage to Malaysia as the only chance for them and their families to survive.
Childhoods ended through forced marriages
Fourteen-year-old M* was trafficked through Myanmar and Thailand to be married to a 35-year-old man. On her journey, she was beaten, raped, and abused several times. Now, her husband rapes her almost every night, trying to impregnate her against her will.
It wasn’t her choice. None of this was. Not the decision to leave behind everything she knew, nor the arranged marriage for which she was not ready.