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Saturday, December 05, 2009

they'd ALL be in jail if this happened here

they should ALL be in jail over there too (well almost all of them). anyone who ALLOWS an 8 year old girl to be wed that is. 8, 13, 15, it doesn't matter. it's pedophilia and it's WRONG.

the country has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world according to the article linked below.

yet, the world lets this happen (and worse, here, there, and everywhere)

Child brides' enduring plight

Problem illustrates hold of tribal doctrines

By Sudarsan Raghavan

SANAA, YEMEN -- Ayesha rested her head on the doctor's desk. She had removed her black veil, revealing a round face contorted in pain. She had married a 53-year-old man when she was 13. Now 15, she wanted her childhood back. She clutched her sides and groaned.

It was 3:30 p.m. in Arwa Elrabee's office. The gynecologist looked at Ayesha and shook her head. She knew Ayesha's pain was as much psychological as it was physical.

"I don't want to be married," Ayesha explained, her mother standing next to her.

"Why did you marry her off so early?" the doctor demanded. "Why didn't you allow her to continue her education?"

"It wasn't me. It was her father," Ayesha's mother replied. "He wanted to marry her off."............

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