Child Bride in Yemen Bleeds to Death

A 13-year-old in an arranged marriage bleeds to death four days after her wedding.

Child Bride in Yemen Bleeds to Death

A 13-year-old in an arranged marriage bleeds to death four days after her wedding.

-Faye Brennan

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Warning: this is a terribly sad story.

In Yemen, arranging child marriages is a popular practice, with more than a quarter of Yemen’s females being married under the age of 15. This is partly because of the tribal belief that, the younger the bride, the better the chance that she will be obedient to her husband. These marriages are also very tempting to poor families, as the husband must pay the family for his underage bride.

So, children as young as 12 and 13 are being married to men in their 20s and older. Girls like one 13-year-old from Hajja province, who was married to a 23-year-old man, and then died just four days after their wedding. She bled to death – from a tear in her genitals.

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Her husband was her brother’s good friend, and the two had arranged to “exchange” their sisters because it would be cheaper than usual bride-prices. The husband has since been detained by authorities after his wife’s death on April 2.

In September, another child bride (this time, a 12-year-old), died after struggling to give birth for three full days.

Unfortunately, Yemen authorities can’t agree on what the appropriate age limit should be on child marriages. The minimum age used to be 15, but that was annulled in the 1990s. Last year, a law set the minimum at 17, but that was repealed and sent back to parliament for review. A final decision on the law is expected to be announced this month. (Newser)

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0 thoughts on “Child Bride in Yemen Bleeds to Death

  1. Jinxy says:

    This is so sad, both little girls died because of ignorance and poverty. They are valued so little it wasn’t worth getting either of them medical care. Heartbreaking. They were just children.

  2. asm212 says:

    what an incomplete article…the content is so general, no specifics or facts. Sounds like this article was based on hearsay. If you are trying to make your readers aware of the situations in Yemen you should also report on what organizations are helping these girls? There must be some. If there aren’t any, are there any organizations that help girls in these countries then maybe readers can be guided to other organizations where we can write letters. Faye, you attempted to write a deep article that touches the hearts of your readers, but you expect us to sit here and do nothing about it.

  3. ladykailea says:

    I think that is sick and those guys should go to prision and hell for child abuse. It isn’t so the girl will be submissive which is total bullshit but the guys want a nice tight virgin for themselfs to sacrifice. Why didn’t he take her to the doctor when there was a problem. She fullfilled his wishes so now he can get a new virgin wife to steal her childhood and her virginity. They are such bastards in these countries. Dispose of arrainged marriages and let kids be kids!! At that age they knoe nothing of being wives and taking care of men’s need AND A HOUSE HOLD. tHAT WAS PURE MURDER ON HIS PART AND HE SHOULD BE RAPED LIKE SHE WAS AND DIE LIKE SHE DID.

  4. normanwest says:

    these sex maniacs should be forced to sleep with a goat for 6 months before they mount a 12 yr old child….

  5. erinys says:

    HOW ON EARTH DID THE AUTHOR FAIL TO MENTION HOW COMMONPLACE FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, aka ‘CIRCUMCISION’, IS THERE?!?!? Arranged childhood marriages are gross, but it happens in many places. According to the UN, in northern Nigera, the average age of marriage is 12. I’d bet the equity in my house she was a victim of that mutilation since it is most common among the most traditional, exactly those who would think marriage at a young age would make a wife obedient. It would definitely guarantee her fidelity if she would get no pleasure, likely only painful pregnancy, out of sex with anyone. Does the author, Faye Brennan, know anything about world culture, did she bother to research the topic, did she think your readers could not stomach the truth? OR, do YOU overwork her so she didn’t have the chance to do the research? Perhaps she’s freelance and like so many people, desperately trying to piece together miniscule bits of contract work, without any benefits, to survive.

  6. erinys says:

    Yes, according to news.com in Australia “. . . she suffered a rupture in her sex organs and hemorrhaging . . . .”, which is a result of the most extreme form of female genital mutilation, in which not only is the clitoris removed, the vagina is also sewn shut.
    Although Ms. Brennan has a byline for this and is a Senior Editor at Bettyconfidential.com, the story is identical word-for-word to what appears throughout the web on sites that are not reliable for credible news. I wish she’d done her research to provide readers the full story.

  7. blubird106 says:

    Erinys, your comment is not necessarily true. This poor child could have suffered a rupture and hemmorhaging strictly due to forced sex with her so called husband. A 12 year old child is not equipped to deal with sex with any full grown so called man. he should be castrated so he can never do that to another child. He and his friend are no better than pedophiles.

  8. FELINELADY says:

    IT IS REALLY SAD TO HEAR STORIES LIKE
    THIS. WE, AS A SPECIES HAVE NOT COME
    AS FAR AS WE THOUGHT. I THINK WE HAVE
    SLIPPED BACKWARDS QUITE A BIT. THESE GUYS
    NEED TO HAVE THEIR FRANKS AND BEANS RIPPED OFF AND HUNG BY THEIR NECK IN TOWN. IF WOMEN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, WE WILL END UP IN THE SAME SITUATION. THE CHRISTIAN TALIBAN WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN.
    IT ALL STARTED WITH WITH THE RIGHT WING
    DICTATING ON WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOMS,
    NOW MORE AND MORE WOMEN ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS FOR NO APPARENT REASON, AND NOW THE RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS ARE DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR TEACHING ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL AND STDS. THE EVIDENCE IS RIGHT THERE. IT CAN’T BE DISPUTED. I AM TYPING IN CAPS, BECAUSE MY KEYBOARD IS MESSED UP. SO, EXCUSE ME. I AM NOT MAD, JUST CONCERNED.

  9. goobersnickens says:

    This article fails to mention that this isn’t some isolated “tribal” custom. It is ISLAM at its most basic principles-and happens in all countries where ISLAM is practiced. ISLAM is NOT the the polite peaceful religion wanting to co-exist as it is being marketed in the U.S. Islamic beliefs – women are property, if the child tries to refuse the marriage, she is “honor killed”. If she accepts the marriage, she is in for a lifetime of beating and abuse at the hands of her so called husband for being what he deams disobedient. The Islamic “god” mohammed was a pediphile who ‘married’ a 9 year old. This is mental illness at its worse, bullying at its least, being perpetuated as a religion. And as far as them wanting to coexist, translations of the Koran specifically says that no believers are to be destroyed. Either you covert to their religion, or you are nothing more than an enemy to be distroyed. Nice. Educate yourself people!!! Don’t believe the hype!

  10. ASONOFGOD says:

    God’s Law is, when females are furtile to have children then they can have children but man thinks he is greater than my Father so they make laws based on their OPINION but not the TRUTH.

  11. rockymountain6 says:

    Just came across this story and wanted to comment on Felinelady posting…First, the Taliban are almost never Christian. I would venture to say most (over 90%) are Muslim. Sunni Muslim, I believe. Secondly, the Republican party isn’t the cause of child brides. This practice has been going on for centuries all over the world. Civilized societies have put a stop to it. Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran, and a host of other countries have not. The death of this innocent child is tragic and heartbreaking; But women are treated horribly in these Arab countries. Truly, treated like second class citizens. As for the comment on Republicans and “right wingers” wanting to end “women’s reproduction rights” you do not have the facts. Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers. A very large portion of their business (upwards of 90%) is Abortion at some facilities. Planned Parenthood will deny this fact. Read the book “Unplanned”. As a taxpayer and prolife supporter, I do not want my taxes going to fund this abortion. Instead of Abortion, think Adoption. I have three couple friends that can’t have children and would love to adopt. I will only ask that you pray for an end to the child bride business, abortions, and all the other events which take place in this world that treat people inhumane.

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