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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Yemeni father sold 11-year-old daughter into forced marriage with 32-year-old cousin

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Watch: 11-year-old wife fled after her Muslim father threatened to kill her for refusing to be raped by 32-year-old husband-cousin.
Reem al Numeri is 14-years-old and recently divorced. She was 11 when she says her father forced her to marry a cousin more than twice her age.
Reem explains how her father threatened to kill her on in the name of family honor after she refused to marry: "He said you need to go into the room where the judge is and tell him you agree to the marriage," Reem said. "I said I won't go in there - he took out his dagger and said he'd cut me in half if I didn't go in there and agree."
An estimated 15 million girls under 18 are married each year. Girls who marry before they turn 18 are less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence. Everything possible must be done to protect these vulnerable children.
Under Sharia law girls can marry at the age of 6, just like the Prophet Muhammad from the Koran did when he married Aisha. Muhammad consummated his marriage with Aisha when she was nine.