Global Shock As 12-Year-Old Girl Dies Giving Birth

September 13, 2009

Yemen (ChattahBox) – A 12-year-old child bride has died after suffering through three days of labor to deliver a still born baby.

Fawziya Abdullah Youssef, who has been married off the year before by her father to a 24-year-old farmer, died due to extreme blood loss.

“This is one of many cases that exist in Yemen. The reason behind it is the lack of education and awareness, forcing many girls into marriage in this very early age,” Ahmed al-Quraishi of human rights group, Siyaj, was quoted by the Huffington Post.

Earlier this year, parliament managed to set a law that prohibited any marriages to children under the age of 17, a common age-range in many countries.

Yemen is well known for this practice, and many have been fighting to eliminate it.

However, some within the government accused the lawmakers of violating Islam with the law. It has been sent to the President for review, and in the meantime child brides are once again legal.

It is estimated that at least 1/3 of all marriages in the region are made of of young girls.



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