By Tamara Walid
A 13-year-old Yemeni girl died three days after marrying a man twice her age, due to internal bleeding following intercourse, a Yemeni human rights group and UNICEF said. The girl’s death comes amid ongoing debate on whether to set a minimum age for brides in Yemen, where human rights groups say one in every three girls is married before the age of 18.
Elham Mahdi Shoi died in the west of the Arab state earlier this month, said Sisters Arab Forum (SAF). Sigrid Kaag, regional director for UNICEF, said in a statement that the United Nations child agency was “dismayed by the death of yet another child bride in Yemen.”