A 12-year-old Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding following intercourse three days after she was married off to an older man, the United Nations Children's Fund said.
The girl was married to a man at least twice her age, said Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Her death is "a painful reminder of the risks girls face when they are married too soon," Kaag said Thursday.
Amal Basha, chairwoman of the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights, a Yemeni human rights group, identified the girl Friday as Elham Mahdi.
"Elham was married on March 29th and died three days later" and lived in Yemen's Hajjah province, Basha said.
This breaks my heart, to hear little girls are being married and abused everyday. Us western women are so lucky.
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I don't see you ladies getting all upset about 12 year olds having sex with other teens, but since this girl is Yemeni, and was married to an older man, well, I guess that is so different.....
Umm, yeah, it is. Two minors having sex with one another is not good, but 12 year old boys typically don't have the equipment necessary to do this kind of damage in another 12 year old girl. It's not "ok" here for a MAN of ANY age to have sex with a child.
Besides, the point that you're obviously overlooking is the fact that her "honeymoon" would have had to have been VIOLENT to have killed her.
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