Girl, 8, Dies Of Internal Injuries After Wedding Night With Man, 40

Mon, September 9, 2013 11:47am EDT by 22 Comments
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How tragic! An 8-year-old Yemeni girl has died after sustaining internal bleeding on her wedding night. The young girl’s family arranged her marriage to a man five times her age.

An 8-year-old girl identified only as “Rawan,” died following internal injuries she sustained on her wedding night. The young girl was forced into married to a groom who is reportedly about 40 years old.

Yemeni Bride, 8, Dies On Wedding Night

Rawan died in Hardh, an area which borders Saudi Arabia, after internal bleeding could not be controlled, reports The Daily Mail.

International rights activists and bloggers are calling for this groom and child’s family to be arrested following this horrible incident, citing that arrests and other consequences could help to make the practice obsolete.

Child brides are a common in impoverished regions, where families marry off their daughters to wealthier men. Customs and cultural beliefs hold that young brides can bear more children and can be more easily shaped into loyal, obedient wives. The global issue affects 57.5 million child brides across the world.

Nada Al-Ahdal Stands Up To Forced Marriage In Yemen

Yemen once set a law to establish the minimum age of brides as 15, but the law was later annulled in the 1990s, reports The Daily Mail. Brides becoming increasingly younger has remained an issue. Outspoken 11-year-old Nada Al-Ahdal stood up to her own forced marriage, fleeing her home to avoid being married off to a man five times her age. “This is not normal for innocent children,” Nada said in the viral YouTube video she filmed following her escape, sparking an international conversation on this practice.

WATCH: 11-Year Old Yemeni Girl Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home To Avoid Forced Marriage

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jhie heart

Posted at 5:09 AM on September 14, 2013  

what’s the complete name of the girl?

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Laura Breidenbach

Posted at 12:56 PM on September 11, 2013  

This article stirs up hatred for muslums and sympathy for their children. We should not support a
war with hatred, but should focus on the survivors. Millions upon millions of refugees are pouring
out of Syria into camps. A United Nations representative was on the television yesterday showing
pictures of these camps and stated that they needed funds to help the refugees. You can donate
at unitednations.org. I do not know why celebrities and musicians have not come together in a benefit to help support the refugees. The writer of this article last name seems to be Polish.
I’ve read about how Frederic Chopin did a Euroupeon Tour playing his piano to gain monetary support and awareness of Polish victims of war.

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Laura Breidenbach

Posted at 12:59 PM on September 11, 2013  

Writer Kristine Hope Kowalski should be writing and posting this awareness. Look at her middle name.

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BAHAMAMAMA1075@YAHOO.COM

Posted at 12:20 PM on September 10, 2013  

this is horrible. this should not be happening. this disgusts me…the young girl in this video is a brave girl.

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coconut2012

Posted at 10:17 AM on September 10, 2013  

Phucking pigs! This culture who continue this tradition are pos sust that, repugnant pigs!

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H

Posted at 12:31 AM on September 10, 2013  

What a beautiful, brilliant young lady! I hope she gets the chance to follow her dreams

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H

Posted at 12:39 AM on September 10, 2013  

Speaking of the young lady in the video at the bottom.

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Stacy

Posted at 7:54 PM on September 9, 2013  

Reading the comments, I am so astonished by the lack of knowledge possessed by some of you.
This has nothing to do with culture or religion. And even suggesting it is, shows how completely ignorant you are.
It is to do with poverty and families feeling so helpless that they believe selling their young daughters is the only way to ensure they, as well as their child, are able to keep living.
Do you really think any parent would be happy sending their daughter away to a man old enough to be her grandfather? No. But, for some, it’s the only way they can ensure their children will have the food, shelter and warmth they need to live their lives.

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Sukie

Posted at 11:42 PM on September 10, 2013  

Wow. So ur basically saying as long as u get to eat and have shelter and warmth it’s ok to sell your child? Wow I hope child protective services reads your comment and if u have children they take them away. Cause if you can’t find a job or don’t have any food we know what you will do. Under no circumstances will I ever sell my child. As parents we are supposed to provide for them not the other way around.

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lisa

Posted at 3:04 PM on September 9, 2013  

It discust me to hear that something like this is happening around the globe. This stupid parents don’t realize that their selling their own child and have no hearts. If their so interested in wealth the mom should have married this old man. They should have a good law not a law that marries 8-15.I was sexually melested when i was just 6 years old i don’t know how that makes it ok by an older person”called pedofile.”

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allison

Posted at 2:43 PM on September 9, 2013  

Being parents should be the same in every country!! So pretty much, her parents helped kill her. So sick. What a shame it happens as it does.

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JD

Posted at 2:16 PM on September 9, 2013  

So sick!! Any person,no matter where they are needs to be beat,killed for doing this to a child.

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Liz

Posted at 1:27 PM on September 9, 2013  

This is so sick

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indira

Posted at 8:30 PM on September 17, 2013  

these Yemeni men r so sick these children could be their children those r babies they need to be punish very severly

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Hate whores

Posted at 1:15 PM on September 9, 2013  

We are in the end time. Vey shocking. Moslems don’t get it

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JC

Posted at 4:22 PM on September 9, 2013  

What do Muslims have to do with this? Maybe you should do some research before making ignorant comments. FYI: it is forbidden in Islam to consummate a marriage if a girl has not reached puberty. It’s also forbidden in Islam to marry a girl off without her consent. It’s also forbidden in Islam to even consummate the marriage without the girl’s consent. Don’t go mixing these cultural traditions with religion. If these people followed religion this wouldn’t have happened.

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guessed

Posted at 5:29 AM on September 10, 2013  

Yes I understand there are a lot of “phoney” Muslims that remind me a lot of some “Christians” that are false. For instance the ones who end up killing their followers or cults that brainwash and polygamists. These have gone astray and made a mockery of their religions to outsiders who don’t understand how false they are…Usually it’s some kind of radical sect. Go figure the religious who are more forgiving and relaxed generally to not offend.

 
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Denise

Posted at 1:01 PM on September 9, 2013  

Girls 8 years old more then likely don’t even have their cycles yet! How the hell can they get pregnant?
These sick people just say they’re married so it’s legalized Rape to Pedophiles.
These girls should arm themselves with sharp objects on their so called wedding nights an start removing penises.

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justmyopinion

Posted at 12:05 PM on September 9, 2013  

that girl in the video was a very brave and strong and glad she got out of that situation!.

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valentinomonroe1

Posted at 11:59 AM on September 9, 2013  

What the heck are they even thinking to keep marrying off these young girls to these older men?.Such sadness this 8 year old little girl will never grow up and do the things she would have liked to do, Instead she layed there dying while this man did things to her and caused her death. such an outrage! he should be arrested and they need to stop this tradition.

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justmyopinion

Posted at 11:59 AM on September 9, 2013  

what a shame they killed that poor little girl for no reason. marrying a 8 year old that was a sick coming from a 40 year old guy to do that!.

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Gracie

Posted at 11:54 AM on September 9, 2013  

Horrific!

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