WATCH: ‘My 14-year-old daughter married a stranger’

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WATCH: ‘My 14-year-old daughter married a stranger’

CHILD BRIDE. Fatima* was just 14 years old when she was forced to marry a stranger.

Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

This is the story of the child brides of Marawi, the once-prosperous city ravaged by war

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – In the village of Olawa Ambulong in Marawi, Isha* and her adoptive daughter Fatima* are recovering from the war that destroyed large swathes of their city. 

WATCH: ‘My 14-year-old daughter married a stranger’

But the turmoil does not end for Isha and Fatima. Three days into the New Year, Fatima learns her relatives have sealed her marriage to a man 8 years her senior. And her mother – a child bride herself – is powerless to stop it. (READ: Too young to marry)

Rappler’s Mara Cepeda tells the story of child brides in Marawi. –

*Names changed to protect their identities

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