An 8 year old Yemeni child bride recently died on her wedding night from internal hemorrhaging. She was married to a man five times her age. The tradition of marrying off children to much older men is common practice in Yemen and yes, it’s pretty disgusting.
More than a quarter of the female population is married before the age of 15. In 2010, a 12 year-old girl passed away after struggling for three days in labor, attempting to give birth to a baby. Numerous other children have been subjected to similar horrifying acts.
These atrocities against young girls have outraged groups all over the world who are working to stop this barbaric tradition, but it’s actually more difficult than it should be. The impoverished country is gripped by the practice of selling off children to be married. Poor families find themselves unable to say no to “bride-prices” that can be hundreds of dollars for their daughters. People around the world should be aware that it is actually happening in countries like this.