When I Was 11…

Running around the playground, going camping with your friends, falling down and scraping your knees. Kinda sounds like what every ordinary 11-year-old would be doing.

This was not the case for 11-year-old Ayu who just last week married a 41-year-old man in Golok, Thailand. Last Saturday, the Star reported of such a union when 41-year-old, Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid from Gua, Musang took the 11-year-old Thai girl as his third wife.

With social media platforms and local (and now international) online news platforms abuzz with the news, #TeamCLEO can’t help but ponder on how times have changed. How different it was to be an 11-year-old back then with very little, almost zero responsibilities on our shoulders.

Here’s what #TeamCLEO had to say about their year as an 11-year-old:

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“When I was 11, I was climbing trees and running around with my dogs in our garden. I was taking part in and winning races for my school. Reading, I was doing lots of reading, encyclopaedias, Enid Blyton books, history and geography magazines. I was obsessed with books. I was NOT thinking of boys or getting married or being married off. I was dreaming…my plans were to travel the world.” – Seema Viswanathan, Editor-In-Chief. 

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