After reading this article and re-reading it several times I could not even begin to find myself to write about it because it stirred up so many emotions within. Especially one that is particularly close to my heart, advocating abuse against women – especially children. In this case young girls…little girls that are basically pawned off to marry much older men. I have respect for all religions and spirituality but this is beyond what is right! I don’t care what part of the world you live in or what faith you are – it is wrong to do this! It is not moral! Yemen is a country where people believe it is acceptable to sell of a child in marriage. Hooria Mashhour, Human Rights Minister of Yemen, has quickly advocated in putting an end to child marriage with these past and recent horrific incidents. This change comes after recent reports of a child named Rawan, who died a few days after being married off to a 40 year old man. She suffered extremely bad internal injuries due to sexual intercourse that left her bleeding. She was only 8. This has happened to others:

 “In 2010, a 12-year-old Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding following intercourse three days after she was married off to an older man, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.”

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Unfortunately, this is not a rare occurence in Yemen. The article states:

“In Yemen, deeply tribal and conservative, the issue of child marriage is an extremely complicated one. According to rights group Human Rights Watch, more than half of all young girls there are married before age 18. About 14% of girls in Yemen are married before age 15. In the wake of Rawan’s case, the group issued a statement urging Yemen to “protect its girls from the devastating effects of early marriage by setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage by law.”

These vicious cycles against young girls need to stop! There should not even be a “minimum age” set for marriages! Any type of forcible marriage should be illegal and it is as simple as that! There is hope that the country’s attitudes have been slowly changing, however not quickly enough:

“In 2008, 10-year-old Nujood Ali became a heroine to Yemeni girls and an international sensation when she went to a court in Sanaa and asked a judge for a divorce. After a highly publicized trial, she was granted one.”

Recently, there also has been a viral YouTube video of a Yemen girl fleeing from her family whom have tried to sell her into marriage. She has been a young voice at eleven years of age, pleading for help.

Over the summer, an 11-year-old Yemeni girl named Nada Al-Ahdal became an internet sensation when a video of her accusing her parents of trying to marry her off in exchange for money was uploaded to YouTube and quickly went viral. While her parents denied Nada’s story, and child rights activists questioned the veracity of her claims, the video was still viewed by millions of people.”

Here is the video: Allowing a 13 year old girl to be sold off to grown man is wrong in every way. It is sick and disturbing. Those men should be considered pedophiles, accepting a young child in marriage regardless of what religion they might be. The parents or family members that sell them off should also be considered an accomplice to sexual predators! These cases are so disturbing and make me so very angry as I am sure it does the good people of society. People claim it is because of their religious beliefs, but that is NO excuse. Personally I don’t think God ever claimed it to be “OK” to sell off a small child to marry or force them in any way to do something so sickening. This goes beyond religion. This issue is purely nauseating and ALL of us need to do whatever we can to spread awareness and put an end to childhood marriage in every country! I hope each of you can take this into your hearts. What if it was someone you knew? Would you have the courage and the heart to do what you could to help the child escape? I would! I wish I could save all the children and people in those horrible circumstances. Since I am not able to, I PROMISE to be a voice any chance I get! I WILL spread awareness. I will never be intimidated by people’s opinions or beliefs. I will be another person in this world to take a stand. Though I may not be able to help in all the ways that I wish, at least I can do this much. So will each of you also spread awareness? Spreading awareness can help save lives. At least we hope. Source: CNN