Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

• Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

13-year-old Jie married 18-year-old Wen three days after they met, got pregnant and dropped out of school. Photographer Xiao Mu Ji captures stories of teenage marriages in rural areas in southern China, gaining popularity after the abolition of the policy of "one family - one child". Officially, the legal age of marriage for Chinese women is 20 years, for the Chinese - 22 years old, but in families ignore these rules and register the marriage earlier. As a result, today in China is growing a whole generation of abandoned children who are under the care of grandparents while their parents go to the cities to look for work.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

During the years of the policy of "one family - one child" the male part of the population of China has become larger than the female, and now young people are trying as soon as possible to marry, because the farther the harder it will be to find a suitable bride. Often, newlyweds are highly dependent on their parents and live at their expense. The social life of young Chinese women is very limited, and mostly they spend time at home, doing household and children.

Girls also tend to marry early, fearing that otherwise awaits them in the future marriage, arranged by her parents.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

of 16-year-old Cai and 17-year-old Ming met three months before the wedding in 2013. They now live with Mina parents who financially support them. His mother took over most of the child care and even gives him the breast, to soothe.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

16-year-old Xiao Cai holds a two-month son's home in the village of Guangdong Mengli County in Yunnan Province. Cai Xiao have been married for a year. She dropped out of school in the fifth grade, because she could not afford to continue to learn.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

13-year-old Xiao Jie married her 18-year-old wife of three days after they met. Now they live in the house of his parents, who work in more than one and a half thousand kilometers from here, to earn money and help a young family. The photograph looks Jie from the bedroom of one of the families in the village of Wan Ho Yunnan.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Sociologists argue that teenage marriages in rural China - a long tradition, but now it is again gaining popularity due to the cancellation policy of "one family - one child". On the photos - a wedding picture of Jie.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

17-year-old Xiao Ming holds the breast, and his mother and 16-year-old wife holding his son.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

13-year-old Jie did not want to get pregnant so early, but she knew nothing about contraception.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Jie and her 16-year-old sister in law, who was also pregnant, sitting at the table, where her husband Jie drinks with their relatives.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Mother-in-16-year-old Xiao Cai breastfeeds her grandson to soothe him. Most of the time the child concerned is a grandmother.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

7-year-old Xiao Yuan is looking at Yancey village in Yunnan Province from the balcony of a neighbor's house. Her mother gave birth to her at the age of 17. Yuan has not yet go to school, despite the fact that in China children are sent to school in 6 years.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

18-year-old Wen touched the stomach of his pregnant 13-year-old wife Jie, who complains that a married life was boring.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

The mother-teen Mae holds a pair of small shoes for the baby, and her husband Jiang lying on the bed.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

The future father pressed against the stomach of his pregnant wife.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Cartoon stickers that Xiao Jie decorate the walls of his house. Left - wrongly written character.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

A four-Xiao Le during a video call with her 20-year-old parents, who work in the province of Zhejiang as the guest workers.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

The boy is hard to sit still while he is talking to his parents. They went to work when the child was only two years.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

The young mother rocking her baby. Girls tend to get married as soon as possible to avoid further arranged marriage, arranged by her parents.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Tsai Ming and her husband used the neighbor's hand-mill to grind corn. Ming says he misses bachelorhood and friends.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

16-year-old Xiao Rong Xiao Yun with her husband and 10-month-old baby. Mengli County, Yunnan Province.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

In spite of the obvious difficulties of the early marriage and childbearing, teenage mothers find an opportunity to enjoy life with their children.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

13-year-old Jie (in yellow) lives in his parents' home Wen on a mountaintop in the village Tantszybyan.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

16-year-old Xiao Xin watching cartoons with his year-old daughter in the village of Guangdong. She started dating her future husband when both were studying in the fifth class. The pair dropped out of school after their marriage in 2013.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

16-year-old Xiao Mei with her daughter and two-year-old son in the village Vanhe, Mengli County, Yunnan Province. She has been married for two years since the couple met in elementary school.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Xiao Cai fooling around with her husband, 17-year-old Xiao Ming. Both live in the house of his parents, who support a young family.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

In a note enclosed in a workbook in physics, said: "Hello, you have a boyfriend? Can you see me? I like you, please accept my offer. Tell me. "

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Xiao Jie preparing dinner on a wooden kitchen in the house of his father-in-law, where they live together.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

18-year-old father of Fang looks like his 16-year-old wife Li breastfeeding in the bedroom of their home.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Xiao Cai carries behind a two-month son, walking in the woods in the village of Guangdong.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Xiao Li examines the T-shirt, and her 19-year-old husband, Xiao Ming is playing games on your mobile phone next to his younger brother.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

18-year-old Xiao Yin combed, while her 17-year-old husband, Xiao Qing is preparing to leave. The couple have a year-old son.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

Ming lay down to sleep with a baby and two-year daughter.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

16-year-old Mei on the ninth month of pregnancy. Lack of education makes girls think that drop out of school - this is correct.

Chinese teenage marriages: how 13-year-old girls trying to marry early

The mother Xiao Jie is preparing dinner in the courtyard of the parents of her husband.