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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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“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.

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