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Reem Al Numery

April 29, 2010 by Post Team 

Reem Al NumeryReem Al Numery:There was nothing unusual or illegal about 12 years old Reem Al Numery be forced to marry his cousin 30 years of age. Yemen, unlike most countries, has no minimum legal age for marriage, and adult men sometimes marry girls as young as 8.

As Reem told U.S. Embassy officials, “When I protested, my dad gagged me and tied me up. After the wedding, tried to kill myself twice.” She ran away to protest in public is a measure of its exceptional value and luck.

Reem is a brave girls who risk everything to protest the sale on the marriage of the parents and become endangered furniture and uneducated husbands. He now lives with her mother, she wants to go back to school. Unfortunately, in Yemen girls education traditionally ends in marriage, and she and her mother has no money to continue their studies. But Reem has escaped what is often another tragic fate: girls who give birth before age 15 are five times more likely to die from childbirth than women aged 20 years. Not only the right to a childhood that is at stake, that’s survival.

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