“However we estimate from the most recent national social protection monitoring survey carried out in 2013 that 16 per cent of girls are married [often against their will] before the age of 15 and 44 per cent are married before the age of 18. That gives an idea of the extent of the problem.” Child marriage, although highlighted in Yemen due to numerous recent reports in the press, is in fact a global concern spanning continents from Asia to Africa. A recent United Nations report estimates that 14 million girls under the age of 18 are married off against their wishes every year across the globe and that, should the practice not be stopped by 2020, some 37,000 underage girls will be forced to get married each and every day.
Although different countries dictate different customs when it comes to marrying off young daughters, the dangerous and disturbing repercussions on a young girl forced to marry a man often many years her senior remain universal. Statistics reveal that girls under 15 are five times more likely to die during childbirth than women in their 20s while the children of child brides are 60 per cent more likely to die before their first birthday.
Yemen, which is, I believe, a Muslim theocracy. In fact, this article is quite odd – it manages to talk about the horror of child marriage while not even once mentioning any form of Islam, the religion under which most of these marriages occur.
Michelle Obama pathetically waves a meaningless hashtag at the barbarian Muslim savages of Bokor Haram, who kidnap and sell into slavery hundreds of young girls, but only helps her husband campaign on the phony Republican War On Women, while at the same time ignoring the real, and deadly, Muslim War On Women.
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