The baby of a child bride bears many hardships, even before birth. Not only is it physically more difficult for a young girl to endure pregnancy, it often leads to health complications for both the mother and the newborn. More than just the heath concerns, the child of a child bride who is a refugee living in Lebanon has to consider that the future holds many questions:
Will I have an identity? Will my parents stay together? Will my father respect my mother, or is all semblance of respect already gone? Does my existence force my mother to stop going to school? Will I be able to go to school? How will I survive?
No child should be burdened by these questions.
This second iteration of the ‘Just Married’ series by Felix Brassier tells the story from the perspective of the unborn baby of a 12-year-old girl forced into a marriage. The unborn baby asks questions about the future. Born into a refugee camp in Lebanon to a broken family, the child faces an unfortunate and grave reality before even being born.
In October we shared with you the first comic in our series, the story of Fatima which speaks to the lives of many refugee girls in Lebanon, who are married under the age of 18 – often in a decision made by their family with the reasoning that it’s the best solution to poverty, or other difficult conditions in refugee camps.
The black-and-white illustration by Felix in this second comic in the series captures the sense of limbo that this unborn child may feel facing all these uncertainties. It’s incredibly emotional to read, and while doing so you realise the immediate loss of innocence of this child.
The second comic in the series by Félix Brassier tells the story from the perspective of the unborn baby of a child bride. The unborn baby asks questions about the future. Born into a refugee camp to a broken family, the child faces an unfortunate and grave reality before even being born.
SB OverSeas is an NGO that organizes education, empowerment and emergency aid projects in Lebanon and Brussels to give hope and opportunity to those whose lives have been torn apart by conflict. Learn more about our projects and how to get involved: sboverseas.org