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  • As drought parches Somalia and dries up drinking-water wells, Abdir Hussein felt she had one last shot to help her family: her 14-year-old daughter Zeinab's beauty. </br></br>Zeinab, 14, 2nd left, poses for photograph with her family beside their shelter at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017.
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  • Hussein says a man offered her $1,000 as a dowry for Zeinab's hand in marriage, enough to move the family closer to food, water and international aid stations. But Zeinab refused, saying, "I'd rather die."</br></br>Zeinab, 14, center, washes dishes as her mother Abdir Hussein gestures and her nephews play at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017.
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  • Zeinab, 14, attends class at a school near a camp for people displaced people from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017. She wants to finish school and become an English teacher.
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  • The United Nations says aid is needed. A similar drought in 2011, exacerbated by years of civil war, sparked the world's last famine, which killed 260,000 people. </br></br>Zeinab, 14, writes in class at a school near a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017.
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  • Zeinab, 14, rear center, stands in a daily, morning queue to recite verses of the Koran and national songs before the beginning of class at the school for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 4, 2017.
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  • Zeinab, 14, looks in a small mirror as she brushes her teeth using a chewing stick inside her shelter at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas in Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017.
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  • Once the livestock that the family had hired out died, Zeinab became the family's only hope for survival. </br></br>Zeinab, 14, applies her makeup before heading to school inside her shelter at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 4, 2017.
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  • After refusing her mother, Zeinab would run away when her parents forgot to lock her in her room. </br></br>Zeinab, 14, reads an English book as she sits inside her shelter at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 2, 2017.
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  • Displaced women from drought-hit areas wait to fill their jerrycans at the water point at a camp for people displaced by drought, Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017.
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  • Zeinab accepted the man's marriage offer so that her family could use the dowry to move to Dollow. But she ran away from him three days after they consummated their union. He followed them.</br></br>Zeinab, 14, right, and her sister Habiba, 29, carry a jerrycan filled with water as they walk toward their shelter at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017.
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  • Zeinab's sister, Farhiya, 6, cuts wood with an axe at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 3, 2017.
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  • The drought has hurt many families throughout Somalia by leaving them with difficult choices. Zeinab's story is just one kind of decision these families may face in their effort to survive. </br></br>Zeinab, 14, sits holding her nephew at a camp for people displaced from drought-hit areas, Dollow, Somalia, April 4, 2017.
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