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TakePart’s ‘Hidden Connections’ Series Featured in The New York Times

Set Adrift By Natural Disasters, Bangladeshi Girls Are Being Harassed Into Marriage

The New York Times Women in the World – October 25, 2016

By  Liz Mermin and Mushfique Wadud

It was after floods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur district that Brishti Rafiq’s widowed father brought her to live in Dhaka.

“We couldn’t survive like that. We had no property or anything,” she said of her former home. She was only 3 or 4 years old when they came to the city, but her father soon arranged a job for her, as a maid for another family.

As she grew, Brishti hoped to be a doctor. But like many young girls in Bangladesh, she faced a different future: marriage at 13, in a union arranged by her father. Read more here.