This month’s Photojournalism Links collection highlights 10 excellent photo essays from across the world, including Stephanie Sinclair's work on child and underage brides in Guatemala in the latest installment of her decade-long project spanning 10 countries to document the issue of child marriage around the world. In Guatemala, over half of all girls are married before 18, and over 10% under 15. Many girls marry men far older than themselves, end up withdrawing from school and become mothers long before they are physically and emotionally ready. Sinclair's powerful pictures and accompanying video capture Guatemalan girls trying to come to terms with the harsh realities of early motherhood, especially for those who have been abandoned by their husbands.
Stephanie Sinclair: Child, Bride, Mother (The New York Times)See also the Too Young To Wed website.
Sebastian Liste: The Media Doesn’t Care What Happens Here (The New York Times Magazine) These photographs capture a group of amateur journalists trying to cover the violence in one of the largest urban slums in Brazil, Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro.
Ross McDonnell: Inside the Frozen Trenches of Eastern Ukraine (TIME LightBox)The Irish photographer documented the Ukrainian soldiers in the week preceding the most recent, fragile cease-fire.
Sergey Ponomarev: Pro-Russian fighters in the ruins of Donetsk airport (The Globe and Mail) Haunting scenes of the Pro-Russian held remains of Donetsk airport.
Alex Majoli: Athens (National Geographic) The Magnum photographer captures the people of Greece's struggling capital for the magazine's Two Cities, Two Europes feature on Athens and Berlin.
Gerd Ludwig: Berlin (National Geographic) Ludwig documents Germany's booming capital for the magazine's Two Cities, Two Europes feature on Athens and Berlin.
John Stanmeyer: Fleeing Terror, Finding Refuge (National Geographic) These photographs show the desperate conditions facing Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Edmund Clark: The Mountains Of Majeed (Wired RawFile)The British photographer's latest book is the Bagram Airfield U.S. Military base in Afghanistan, which one held the infamous detention facility. Also published on TIME LightBox.
Sarker Protick: What Remains (The New Yorker Photo Booth)This moving, beautiful series documents the photographer's grandparents. The work was recently awarded 2nd Prize in the Daily Life stories category in the World Press Photo 2015 contest.
Muhammed Muheisen: Leading a Double Life in Pakistan (The Washington Post In Sight)The Associated Press photographer captures a group of cross-dressers and transgender Pakistani men to offer a glimpse of a rarely seen side of the conservative country.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON:
An attorney for her husband after an initial response to “PBS NewsHour” didn’t respond to further inquiries, and her father didn’t respond to multiple contact attempts.
Numbers are hard to come by. But one recent study by a group that works against forced marriage found as many 3,000 cases in a two-year period. Legally, marriage is between two adults, age 18 years or older.
But every state in the country allows for exceptions. Critics say these exceptions endanger young people, not help them.
Advocates say children as young as 12 have been married with the consent of their parents, according to state data. Ten states also allow underage girls to be married if they become pregnant. But critics point out that those laws may actually be used to legitimize other crimes, such as rape.
In a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, Nina Van Harn decided to sue the state of Michigan for an annulment on the grounds that her marriage wasn’t consensual, and was, in fact, based on compulsion.
With no legal precedent in the matter, she had to build the case from scratch. She left her husband and moved to a nearby city, where she now lives a much less conservative lifestyle.
The rest of her family ceased all contact. And she and her former spouse share joint custody of their three children. The case, she said, took on a deep personal significance.