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Seven Year Old Bride in Yemen

Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:41 pm on Thursday, May 15, 2008


Just weeks after the country was shocked to hear about Nujood, the 8-year-old bride, who demanded the court to divorce her from her husband, today comes a much shameful case, as Arwa, a 7-year-old girl got married to a 35-year-old man in Ibb governorate.

Such cases give the country shame that it cannot handle and gives a very bad image to the culture of Yemen, which many seem to be proud of.

Why would a girl in such a young age get married? Is it because Yemen has run out of women, or do people who marry such young girls do it for a passion.

Yes, I agree that it did happen in the past and over a thousand years ago, but that is not an excuse. You cannot compare women today to women in the past. I could not believe what I was being informed when I heard of Arwa’s case, and what is surprising to me is sources mentioned that the girl did not have a problem with the marriage. Of course she would not have a problem, because she does not know what she is getting herself in. All she sees is that she is given gold, gifts, and jewelry, but does not know what awaits her.

For the sake of our culture, growth of our country , and most importantly the future of our young girls, lets stand together in ending such marriages that will eventually destroy the future of young girls year before it even begins.



Trackback by Isaac Schrödinger

5/17/2008 @ 5:54 pm

Child Bride…

Yemen Post: Just weeks after the country was shocked to hear about Nujood, the 8-year-old bride, who demanded the court…


Comment by Andy Williams

5/18/2008 @ 5:24 am

Backward government breeds backward legislators breeds backward judiciary breeds backward teachers breeds backward religious zealots breeds backward pupils breeds mothers breeds backward fathers breeds a backward NATION !

no jobs, no education, no equality, no freedom, no future

Khat + Yemen = Ignorant population with no future allowing the leader to abuse them mentally and physically for generations.

Khat is the poison which the president uses to subdue and make the populous apathetic using the cash crop to answer their grievances without success only prolonging the anguish for generations to come, while the president dances on the souls of forgotten and abused generations.

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