"We needed the money from the dowry," said her father, Ahmed Haider Sayed."Or else, I would never have married her off." Due to her extreme youth, Fayrouz's husband had to sign a document promising not to consummate their marriage until she reached puberty.But the money raised was not enough to pay their debts to the hospital and relatives.Their shy daughter, a shade under 4 feet tall, became their only source of income.Sudarsan Raghavan reports from Khamer, Yemen, for the Washington Post about Fayrouz Ahmed Haider, 10 or 11 years old: Fayrouz's mother needed a blood transfusion.
But after paying for their weddings and meeting other debts, the money has nearly run out.
Somali mother of eight stoned to death for taking a second husband: Somalia's Al-Shabaab had Habiba Ali Isak, 30 and the mother of eight children, publicly stoned to death in the southern town of Sakow, Jubba, for having cheated on her husband by taking a second husband.
Mohamed Abu Abdalla, Al-Shabaab's ruler in Jubba, explained that "Her legal husband brought the case to the court.
UNICEF reported in March, as paraphrased by the Associated Press, that early marriage in Yemen has become "alarmingly widespread." In a survey conducted in September in six provinces, 72 percent of female respondents said they got married before 18 — compared with around 50 percent in surveys before the war — and about 44 percent said they were wedded before they turned 15, the organization said.
"Parents marry off their daughters to be relieved of the cost of their care or because they believe a husband's family can offer better protection," UNICEF said.