It is rare for three or more generations to live together in the same household.
Whether you remain pen-pals or follow up with a real-life meeting is up to you.Tinder came just at the right time for a generation of people suffering from a busy epidemic.Torpekay tells RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that becoming a wife at the tender age of 13, being forced to serve her husband's family, and having virtually no say in her own life have taken a heavy toll on her.So heavy, she says, that she tried to escape -- by taking her own life.Torpekay, for example, is an Afghan girl from western Herat Province.
Although just 17, she has been married for four years.
Reclining on a purple velvet throne, inside his castle – a sixth-floor office in a grey tower block in central London – Karl Gregory is reeling off some of his favourite statistics. ” He whisks a print-out from a pile of papers on his desk and prods a blurry image in the middle.
“517,000 relationships, 92,000 marriages and around a million babies,” he grins. It’s a picture of a customer’s baby scan under the words: “all thanks to Match.com”.
"I didn't have a knife, I didn't have any drug to inject into myself, so I decided to set myself on fire.
Using gasoline was the easiest way." The issue of child marriages, which affects more than 50 million girls worldwide according to the United Nations, was thrust back in the headlines recently when the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) selected its "Photo of 2007." The winning shot, by American photographer Stephanie Sinclair, shows a 40-year-old Afghan man, Mohammad, sitting next his visibly horror-stricken fiancee, Ghulam. "We needed the money," Ghulam's parents, from Ghor Province, were quoted as saying.
The winning UNICEF photo (Courtesy Photo) Most girls dream about about falling in love, getting married in a beautiful dress, and having a family.