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Meet The 18-Year-Old Who Wants To Expose The Horror Of Forced Marriages Through Rap Music

Sonita is now living in the US and still writing music.

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Alizadeh moved to the U.S. in January from Iran. She and her family had traveled there from Afghanistan when she was a child. She told CNN that during the journey to Iran, a Taliban soldier threatened to kidnap her and her sister.

In 2014, she entered a competition to write a song to encourage the people of Afghanistan to vote. She won the competition and the $1,000 prize.

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However, just before her win, her mother told her she had to return to Afghanistan to be married in order to raise a dowry for her brother. Alizadeh responded in her own unique way: with a rap.

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In January, she started classes at Wasatach Academy. Since then, she has begun to learn English. She's also been able to use the facilities at her school to record more songs.

“My mother was 13 when she was married," she said. "Everyone had told her that she was a woman and had no value. My music was a nightmare for her. Now she is one of my biggest fans."

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rachael Krishna at rachael.krishna@buzzfeed.com.

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