Getting married is supposed to be the most special and most beautiful moment in person`s life. However, what if the special moment you have been dreaming about your entire life turns into an unpleasant dream?
Not long ago, an 8-year-old from Yemen died on her wedding night, as a result of internal hemorrhaging. As unbelievable as it seems, this girl married a man who was 5 times her age! Unfortunately, the practice of marrying girls to much older men is very common in this country.
In fact, more than quarter of the female population in Yemen is married before the age of 15 years old. Six years ago, a young girl at the age of 12 passed away after making forceful efforts to give a birth to her baby. Sadly, this is not the only case and there are many girls out there who go through similar terrors.
This and similar cases have enraged people from all over the world who are working on stopping this barbaric tradition. However, even though they work hard in an attempt to stop this practice, things don’t go smoothly.
Namely, Yemen and other impoverished countries make money from this tradition and they will do their best to preserve it as such. Poor families are actually required to sell their daughters and accept the ‘bride-price.” As gross as it seems, these families receive about hundred dollars for their daughter which are sold off to be married to older men.