Brides Of The Sun


How climate change is creating a generation of child brides. The project is published on a dedicated website using long form storytelling, photography, illustrations, drone work and 360 video.

  • €19,833 Budget in Euros
  • 2017 Final release date
  • 9 Round winner
  • 2 Locations
  • 5 Durations in months

In some of the world's poorest countries, rising temperatures and irregular rainfall have led to increased drought and flooding.
Families once able to feed themselves have seen harvests fail. Their solution has been to marry off their daughters.
We travelled to Mozambique and Malawi to interview child brides and their families to assess the scale of what appears to be a new factor in sustaining high rates of child marriage.
Nearly half of girls are married before the age of 18 in Malawi and Mozambique. Changes to the law and greater public awareness should have seen them start to fall, but instead they remain stubbornly high.
Journalists Gethin Chamberlain, Maria Udrescu and Miriam Beller worked with Rex Chikoko in Malawi and Adérito Caldeira in Mozambique to tell the stories of the child brides. Illustrator Kate Lumsden also contributed.
The results of the investigation are published at

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