8 Year-Old Yemeni Child Bride Dies of Internal Injuries

A child-bride.
A child-bride.

An 8 year-old Yemeni child bride, recently died on her wedding night from internal hemorrhaging. The girl was married to a man five times her age.

Arwa Othman is the head of Yemen House of Folklore and a prominent rights campaigner. He said the girl who is identified as Rawan, was married to a man 32 years older in early September 2013 in the town of Meedi in Hajjah province in the northwestern part of Yemen.

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

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

However, a local official in the town of Haradh denied any such incident had taken place. He declined to be identified because he was not officially authorized to speak to the public.

But two residents of Meedi who were contacted by Reuters did confirm the incident. They said that the local tribal chiefs tried to cover it up when news first broke. They also warned a local journalist against publishing a story about the incident.

These atrocities against young girls have outraged groups all over the world who are working to stop this barbaric tradition. As nauseating as the custom of families marrying off  young children to significantly older men is,  it is prevalent in Yemen.  Greater than a 25% of the females in Yemen are married before the are 15 years of age.

Groups all over the world are working to snuff out this archaic and disgusting practice, but it’s proving difficult. The impoverished country is gripped by the practice of selling off children to be married because poor families find themselves unable to say no to “bride-prices” that can be hundreds of dollars for their daughters.

A United Nations report released in January of 2013 uncovered the extent of Yemen’s poverty, it said that 10.5 million of Yemen’s 24 million population lacked adequate food supplies, and 13 million did not have a safe water source and basic sanitation.

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33 Comments

  1. Okay so they got married because of tradition etc, what kind of a man then proceeds to have sexual intercourse with a child?! He could have waited until she was older or stopped perhaps when she screamed with pain. Absolutely disgusting the way in which this horrible tradition is allowed to be continued. I hope that man’s thing rots and falls off!

    • It’s not because of tradition but it is because the family can’t afford to send their kids to school and can’t afford to support their family, so they allow their young girls to marry at young age.

  2. my god ! how can an old man married and have intercourse with an 8 yr.old girl.the police must run after these people and let them pay what they have done to the little girl.they must rot in jail.

    • It their stinking country and in their more stinking religion, they did nothing wrong. Their god is a pos, just like ours was before Jesus set him straight.

  3. i think its time to crucify these fools. their teachings are so twisted and utterly stupid. who in the right mind would do an 8 year old girl? why not wait, probably these morons did not have a chance in their lifetime to score on chicks.

    They dont fear god, jesus or anything righteous.

  4. what kind of tradition is that?an 8year old marry with 32 years old ?…crucify to death is not enough for that kind of man,,,wheres the parents of the poor girl?they let their child marry? what the…

  5. Well, we should respect their tradition. BUT then again, I do believe that these kind of child-bride tradition needed a specific age for them to fully consummate their marriage even if it will be years after the wedding. An eight-year old girl is definitely not yet prepared for such sexual intercourse. I hope that this would be the last of it.

    • Maybe if there was a religion with 40 year old women who murdered 8 year old husbands with dildos, America might object. We attack countries to steal their resources but we don’t care about girls.

  6. The more religious a country is, the less female humans are treated as people as opposed to men’s possessions. The bible is worse than the koran but today’s muslims are worse than jews.

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