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YEMEN: Early marriage hampering country’s development, says report

From: IRIN

Sanaa, 26 March 2008 (IRIN) – “One girl was 14 and got married. Now she has a son and she is still a child herself.”

“It should not be allowed because it deprives a girl of enjoying her childhood.”

“One girl was married off by her parents at the age of 14… She gave birth to her first child normally but with the second child she almost died.”

Those are the words of Yemeni girls describing their opinions of early marriage in a report by Save the Children Sweden in cooperation with Gender-Development Research and Studies Centre at Sanaa University entitled Gender Based Sexual Violence Against Teenage Girls in the Middle East.

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Source: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=77454


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