In the Sahel region of Burkina Faso child marriage is common.

In the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, child marriage is an ongoing issue, some children are promised to a marriage from the day of birth, meaning they will never have a choice.

9% of girls are forced to be married before they are 15, putting an end to their education and any aspirations they have for their future.

At 14, Aminata was brave enough to refuse her family’s wish for her to marry, and with UNICEF’s help, was given the opportunity to go back to school and pursue her dreams.

The production of Not for trade seeks to highlight the importance of UNICEF’s work towards ending child marriage; enabling young girls like Aminata to go back to school and continue their education – empowering them to achieve a future that they have chosen.

Reelmedia’s documentary Not for trade was shot over the course of 2 days in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. The filmmaking was assisted by UNICEF and local partner Homme de Terre.