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Child Bride Gets Her Divorce

World  (tags: humanrights, Yemen, child bride, child marriage, divorce, journalists, escape, terrible treatment, husband, Islam, age debate, minimum )

- 3365 days ago -
SANAA, March 28 2010 (IRIN) - Throngs of journalists pushed forward to get a picture of 12-year-old Sally al-Sabahi as she signed her divorce papers in the Yemeni capital on 27 March. As she dipped her thumb in dark ink and pressed it next to her name on


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patricia lasek (317)
Monday March 29, 2010, 9:02 am
Good for her! A new life! May God bless her.

Ely Q (83)
Monday March 29, 2010, 10:14 pm
I hope the law minimum age for marriages will really pass soon and that women around the world work together for our rights.
God Bless Sally I am sooo happy for her.

Do Coll (13)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 4:47 am
As they would say in America......You Go girl! Thank goodness she is freed but to bad she had to experience it all.

Erin R (181)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 7:41 am
I hope that her new life will be better.

Les M (4)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:20 am
while divorce is normally a sad event, this is a celebration. i hope other child brides can also look forward to divorces and enjoy their childhood.

Jaclin S (230)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:33 am
It is just so shocking that these young girls have to deal with this absolutely ridiculous law - they are children - they ought to be playing and dreaming having fun - not being forced into dispicable marriages to old men - how disgusting!!! I am so happy for her and wish for her a much better life. TY Naoko Love & Light

. (1)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 12:08 pm
A minimum age of at least 15 with parents permission and having the idea had been the young adults decision sounds appropriate to me. The parents of young women there in Yemen and elsewhere are very poor and are marrying them off for financial gain and to release the so called "burden" the young women is creating on the family. Another option for these girls should also be the ability to work to help provide for the family. A young women of that age is so vulnerable, the brainwashing that must take place in a marriage of that type, the man would be incarcerated if it was here in the states, as well as he should in any other country, I hope the U.N. can help create world standards for human rights.

Alice V (0)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 12:50 pm
To marry young is one thing, being sold into marriage is another. I married my husband at 13, in the Tenn. mountains almost 60 yrs ago. Luckily it worked out,but, it wasn't easy. No one made me marry. My parents were not happy about it. But it was a different time. If 1 of my grandchildren tried to marry now, it would do me in. Different time, different place.

David B (34)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 1:05 pm
thank you Nanko.yup Alice you be right . but you chose,this girl was sold .seems to be fairly common place in muttslim countries where the "men??" seem to be unable to deal with grown mature women. as long as you buy your mate you condone and carry on slavery .and as i see it you be a useless piece of crap.

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 1:57 pm
I hope the minimum age laws do pass, but I do not have much confidence that they will be honored in this country and many others. This girl should not have had to get a divorce, she shouldn't have been married off in the first place. I really don't know how parents can do this unconscionable thing.

Dale Husband (123)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 2:00 pm
This wouldn't be such a problem for Muslims if their Prophet Muhammad had himself not married a nine year old girl who was the daughter of his closest friend. There is no reason to assume that this marriage of the Prophet and the girl was coerced, but it doesn't matter. Too many Muslim men mistakenly think, "If it was right for the Prophet, its right for us." But why should we assume that everything that a Prophet says and does must be holy, just because he claims to bring divine revelation to the world? They are still human too. And why should the culture of Arabia 1400 years ago be Islamic law and morals now?

Pauline P (46)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 3:09 pm
What a strong girl, good for her.

Sylvia W (46)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 3:15 pm
As long as there is abject poverty, desperate third world parents will sell off their female offspring for money, and I don't see that changing even if they pass minimum age laws. I am glad this girl, and the other three, found freedom, but there are so many others whose cases will never see the light of day in court :-(

Marie Therese H (10)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 3:54 pm
They can call it marriage all they want.
It is no less than the rape of a child
by some pedophile old fart, who bought her from her parents.
Where's the difference between that and slavery?
I hope life will be kinder to her in the future.

. (0)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 4:36 pm
G-d bless the person who paid her dowry back.

Kaye S (45)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 8:12 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 8:14 pm
Thanks, Naoko.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 8:31 pm
Glad she could get a divorce , thanks for sharing !!!

Rosemary R (642)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 8:47 pm
Thank you Naoko, there is hope for child bride's after all!

Matloob u (81)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 9:10 pm
Noted, thanks.

Jean Lord (46)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:06 pm
Hope she has a better life. she's too young to be married.

alicia m (97)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:22 pm
good news! thank you Naoko

alicia m (97)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:23 pm
noted and shared!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 2:20 am
noted. Avery brave girl

Josephine Fenech (15)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 2:45 am
Wishing her a better future.Poor child.!!!!!!!!!!

. (0)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 6:20 am
"since a happy childhood is the birthright of all children in the world.

That's the best one could say about the case.

Bracha Katz (31)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 10:20 pm
thanks naoko. may god help her and those like her

Deborah O (98)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 12:56 am
As long as women remain property in much of the world, children will continue to be sold into marriages like this one, will continue to be sent very young to slave in the homes of their in-laws, will continue to begin bearing children while still children themselves, will continue to carry those children while often being malnourished, overworked and denied medical care. If one could change the way women are regarded in too much of the world, if respect and empathy could enter the equation, then real change would be possible. Until that day, though, I'm just not too optimistic. Victories like this girl's are too rare.

. (0)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 4:54 am
Great news, so pleased that the women are starting to rebel againt being contolled by their traditions... this is a victory in the riht direction.. next step is to ban this whole abuseful system..
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