An 8-year-old Yemeni girl died after the night she was weddingd to a 40-year-old man.
According to reports, the girl died due to internal bleeding from severe tearing in her private parts.
The authorities in the village of Haradh denied the issue and said that the incident never happened. This was disputed by two residents of Meedi who got in contact with Reuters and revealed that it really did happen and it was just being covered up by their very own tribal chief.
The act of marriage between an adult and a child is part of their tradition and is a way for some families to make money. The girl’s family profits from it because of the dowry they receive.
The practice of child marriage is not exclusive to Yemen. UNICEF said that there are about 47 countries who practice this horrible tradition. They also said that, oftentimes, the girls who marry at an early age abandon formal education and become pregnant. This is dangerous as a baby born to a young mother has a low chance of survival due to the mother’s body being undeveloped and hardly capable of bearing a child.
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