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12 year old dies in child birth

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children's rights group said Monday.

Fawziya Ammodi struggled for three days in labor, before dying of severe bleeding at a hospital on Friday, said the Seyaj Organization for the Protection of Children.

"Although the cause of her death was lack of medical care, the real case was the lack of education in Yemen and the fact that child marriages keep happening," said Seyaj President Ahmed al-Qureshi.

Born into an impoverished family in Hodeidah, Fawziya was forced to drop out of school and married off to a 24-year-old man last year, al-Qureshi said.

Child brides are commonplace in Yemen, especially in the Red Sea Coast where tribal customs hold sway. Hodeidah is the fourth largest city in Yemen and an important port.

More than half of all young Yemeni girls are married off

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:52 PM on Sep. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • While it was not immediately known why Fawziya's parents married her off, the reasons vary. Sometimes, financially-strapped parents offer up their daughters for hefty dowries.

    Marriage means the girls are no longer a financial or moral burden to their parents. And often, parents will extract a promise from the husband to wait until the girl is older to consummate the marriage.

    The issue of Yemeni child brides came to the forefront in 2008 with 10-year-old Nujood Ali.

    She was pulled out of school and married to a man who beat and raped her within weeks of the ceremony.

    To escape, Nujood hailed a taxi -- the first time in her life -- to get across town to the central courthouse where she sat on a bench and demanded to see a judge.

    After a well-publicized trial, she was granted a divorce.

    The Yemeni parliament tried in February to pass a law, setting the minimum marriage age at 17. But the measure has not reach

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • The Yemeni parliament tried in February to pass a law, setting the minimum marriage age at 17. But the measure has not reached the president because many parliamentarians argued it violates sharia, or Islamic law, which does not stipulate a minimum age.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • This is the OP: What are you thoughts?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:54 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • It's cases like this that I believe abortion is best. Babies having babies is just not right.

    Answer by mommorgan at 2:54 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Its sad. Thats all I can say.

    Answer by lilpunk77 at 2:59 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • I think this is terrible! I feel so sorry for that poor child. I labored for more than 3 days with my youngest. It was agonizing. What a horrible death for her to suffer.

    Americans should be vigilant. We must not allow Sharia law to invade our country.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:01 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • WTH does ABORTION have to do with this?! Do you think that was EVER an option for this girl?? What a crazy thing to say! This is a human rights issue. If she hadnt been put in the position in the first place...BY HER PARENTS...she wouldnt have been pregnant. To those in that country this was not rape...she was married. WRONG? yes. Abortion issue? no.


    Answer by momof030404 at 3:01 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Glad to be an American.

    I don't know what to say. That is just so, so sad. I hope that girls parents rot in hell, along w/ the 24 year old who made her pregnant......disgusting.


    Answer by samurai_chica at 3:02 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • I say, it's terrible to force those children into marriage lik ethat. It's also terrible that they are not educated BUT it's not our business to try and change their way of life. Thats their life and until they want to change it it will be their life.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:02 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • What does Sharia law have to do with this? In Islam, womenhave a right to say who they marry and even if they want to marry. This is an education, cultural and tradition issue. not an Islamic law issue.
    The parents and husband all probably thought this was whats best for the girl. On the parents part, it was to protect her from sinning and having sex outside of marriage. Do a Cafemom search even, how many preteen pregnancies will you come across? and IRL?
    On the husbands part, this is just how it is. All the women his age are married and have kids, it's the custom that has been followed all over the world for a long time, even her in USA until recently.
    It is a terrible tragedy, should have never happened and was completly avoidable.
    We need to educate the people in these remote villages, not poke fun of their beleifs. We do pleanty of things here that other cultures disapprove of!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:09 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

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