Most 8-year-old girls spend their time going to school. Maybe playing with friends. Doing regular kid activities. Unfortunately in some parts of the world, children don’t always get the same privileges. Some are forced to partake in activities that wouldn’t normally be suitable for a child. Here, one eight-year-old girl was forced to marry a man five times her age, which wasn’t even the worst part about it. On the night of their wedding, the child died of internal bleeding as a result of her husband’s attempts to consummate the marriage.
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Trafficking. Children are still being exploited to this day, and contrary to what a lot of people might believe, it’s not an issue we left behind in the stone ages. Young girls are continuously being trafficked for sex and even sold as child brides to older men.
Prisoners. Most of the time, these young girls grow up imprisoned by their own husbands and are essentially treated as their personal slaves. It’s an overwhelming problem that has even taken the lives of many children. An eight-year-old girl from Yemen was a victim and an example of how bad the issue has gotten, particularly where she was from.
Death. The little girl, who is being identified only as Rawan, was married off to a 40-year-old man from her village in Northwest Yemen, reports The Guardian. “On the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture which caused her death. They took her to a clinic but the medics couldn’t save her life,” said Arwa Othman, as reported by The Guardian.
Not uncommon. According to reports, authorities hadn’t begun any investigations into the family of the girl or the husband. Locals say that this case isn’t uncommon, and a lot of the times, families sell their children to either avoid having to pay the costs of raising a child, or to simply for the money.
Others. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only child who has died under similar circumstances. Another 13-year-old girl from Yemen died from internal injuries just a few days after her marriage to a man who was almost twice her age, reports the Daily Mail UK.
Abuse. The child died from genital tearing and bleeding, just like the eight-year-old girl, and advocates against child marriage in Yemen spoke out, saying this was just another example of how bad the problem has gotten. “Elham is a martyr of abuse of children’s lives in Yemen and a clear example of what is justified by the lack of limits on the age of marriage,” said a spokesperson, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.
Beliefs. In Yemen, the state of poverty is what drives child marriages. According to the Daily Mail UK, over a quarter of girls in Yemen marry before their 15th birthdays. There is also a belief that marrying young will eventually “train” the woman to become a more “obedient” wife who will also be able to bear a lot of children.
Laws and other deaths. In an attempt to stop child marriages from happening, there was a law instated in 2009 that said children had to be at last 17 to get married, but it was repealed. However, it seems like the problem isn’t just happening in Yemen. Last year, a 15-year-old child bride in Turkey died after giving birth.
Too young. The teenager, known only as Derya B., died after suffering from a brain hemorrhage, reports The Sun UK. Just a few days after giving birth, the teen complains of severe symptoms like vomiting and headache, and was hospitalized. Just a few days later, she died. According to experts, it was due to having given birth at such a young age.
Dangers. “It is dangerous for a child bride to get pregnant. The mortality rate is higher in adolescent pregnancies. The risks of high blood pressure, early birth or an intervention in the birth are higher. The pregnancies of children who have not completed their physical development and whose organs have not yet completely developed often end in death,” said expert Aydan Biri, as reported by The Sun UK.
Others. In China, it was discovered that another 12-year-old girl had fallen pregnant by a man who bought her after she was sold into marriage. The man tried to deny claims that his bride was just a child, saying she was 20. However, doctors said the girl was nowhere near being an adult.
Photos. The man, along with another adult, was arrested after investigators were able to speak to the little girl, who was three months pregnant at the time but had a ginormous belly. Heartbreaking photos of the 12-year-old went viral, showing her with her protruding belly and visible stretch marks.
No identification. “I took her here to be examined — just do your job. Stop asking so many questions,” the girl’s husband told the concerned doctors, as reported by The Sun UK. The little girl had no formal identification and was only known as Lan Lan.
Wake up call. It was reported that police were till investigating the man, although it is uncertain what happened to the girl or her baby. Regardless, these harrowing stories of child brides should be enough of a wake up call to those who refuse to believe this doesn’t happen.
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Source : RebelCircus