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September 13 2013

Yemeni child bride, eight, 'dies on wedding night' | Global development | theguardian.com

Yemeni child bride, eight, ’dies on wedding night’ | Global development | theguardian.com
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/11/yemen-child-bride-dies-wedding
Horrible !

An eight-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal bleeding on her wedding night after marrying a man five times her age, a social activist and two local residents said, in a case that has caused an outcry in the media and revived debate about child brides.

Arwa Othman, head of Yemen’s House of Folklore and a leading rights campaigner, said the girl, identified only as Rawan, was married to a 40-year-old late last week in the town of Meedi in Hajjah province, north-western Yemen.

“On the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture which caused her death,” Othman said. “They took her to a clinic but the medics couldn’t save her life.”

Othman said authorities had not taken any action against the girl’s family or her husband.

#enfant #mariage_forcé #sexisme #pauvreté #filles

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