22 July 2013
11 year old Yemen girl flee home to avert marriage....
promised to hand her in marriage, has spoken out
online saying 'she's not an item for sale.'
Nada said she was forced to run away and live with
her uncle after she was promised to another man.
"They told me that I am engaged, and that my
fiancé had already paid them money and brought
the engagement ring. They said that I couldn't
leave and even threatened to kill me if I went
back to my uncle. I'm not an item for sale, I'm a
human being and I would rather die than get
married at this age. I've decided that I have two
choices: to leave or to die. So I chose the first"
Nada said in a video that was released online July
Nada's saving grace is her uncle who has refused to
let her family marry her off. Continue...
Her uncle told reporters:
When I heard about the groom, I panicked. Nada
was not even 11 years old; she was exactly 10
years and 3 months. I could not allow her to be
married off and have her future destroyed,
especially since her aunt was forced to marry at
13 and burnt herself. I did all I could to prevent
that marriage. I called the groom and told him
Nada was no good for him. I told him she did not
wear the veil and he asked if things were going to
remain like that. I said 'yes, and I agree because
she chose it. I also told him that she liked singing
and asked if he would remain engaged to her.'
Nada now stays with her uncle, her father's brother,
who is against child marriage.
According to a report in 2010 by the Social Affairs
Ministry, more than 25% of females in Yemen marry
before age 15, and it's mostly because of the poverty
level in the country. Parents give their daughters
away for profit,.and these what our senators are trying to impelement ???is it dat we are poor as a country or what??
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