Afghan bride

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“This sobering image, showing a 40-year-old groom sitting beside his 11-year-old future bride in Afghanistan, brought Stephanie Sinclair top honors in the annual Photo of the Year contest sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).”

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We live in a crazy, relativistic, post-modern world; where it is hard for people to make judgments of what is right and what is wrong. It is clarifying when someone has the guts to speak their mind on behalf of those who cannot speak up — about what is right and what is wrong.

How a UNICEF Photo Makes the West’s Heart Ache — An 11-year-old child bride sits next to her 40-year-old fiance. For UNICEF, this was the Photo of the Year. Dutch writer Leon de Winter laments the perversity of this wedding picture and the frightening relativism of the West.

A quote from the article: “I don’t have a clue who we are. But I know that this universe is not only a universe of iPods, Disneylands, CO2 penalties, tax write-offs, and New Year’s sales in our department stores. No, I know that this is also a universe of human rights. I know that this universe is deeply shaken — right down to its core — by the suffering of this lonely, lonely little girl.”

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