GODFATHER POLITICS reported more on the 8 dead yr. old Muslim bride: "Hardh region of Yemen lies along the Saudi Arabian border and is home to a very poor population of Muslims. The country of Yemen was devastated about 40 years ago by nearly ten years of civil war. Eventually the country unified in 1990, but it still consists of two warring factions of Islam. Sunni Muslims make up about 55% of the population and Shiite Muslim compromise the other 45%.
"The conflict between the two factions has left the Hardh region devastated and poor. The result of this has led to some villages and groups of Muslims to marry off their young daughters to older men for money. Besides the desperate need for money, tribal customs believe that younger brides can be more easily molded into the good Muslim wife who will resist outside temptations and who will bear more children.
"As a result of poverty and custom, more than 25% of Yemeni girls are married before the age of 15. As is custom in Islam, the females have no rights, and the wives are treated as a possession by the husbands in whatever manner they desire. In September of 2010, a 12 year old Yemeni wife died after enduring three full days of labor, trying to give birth to her first child.
"As a parent, can you imagine selling your 8 year old daughter to some 40 year old man for a few hundred dollars? I hope you find the idea abhorrent, indecent, immoral and repulsive."
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