Yemeni 8-year-old bride dies on wedding night after intercourse
Originally having written this on September 11, 2013, I found it worthy of revisiting, as these types of atrocities are still be waged on young girls around the world.
Rawan would have been 10-years-old today, had she lived through her ordeal. Either way, her childhood and her life were stolen from her.
During this holiday season, may we always remember that our world's children deserve to be kept from the harms that befall them at the hands of the monsters that are often people who have been given the responsibility to protect them. These children all need to have a chance at life, choice, and freedom.
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September 11, 2013
This week in Yemen, a man, who is five times older than his 8-year-old bride, legally took his liberties with the young girl on their wedding night. This resulted in the girl's death after her 40-year-old husband had intercourse with her, rupturing her uterus.
I could barely read through the source article before I felt the onslaught of emotions and then burst into tears at the mere knowledge that this type of thing happens legally in the world.
We, who live in the "free world," tune in weekly to watch reality television's eligible bachelors and bachelorettes play peek-a-boo under the sheets.
Jerry Springer and his guests fascinate us when they openly share their deviant sexual secrets or lift their shirts to show naked breasts in order to receive their Mardi-Gras-style-Jerry-Springer-Beads.
We are mesmerized by 7-year-old Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, as she exposes her body to jiggle her fat or have conversations with her eccentric family in a display of language and behavior that makes even the most crusty of sailors blush.
But when we read the stories of 8-year-old Rawan and others like her in Yemen, Afghanistan, India, and other places where child marriage is allowed, we shake our heads , sit back and do nothing, afraid to take a stand to say something that will offend someone and call into question another "cultural practice."
Though I recognize that culturally there are differences in many lands outside of the United States, at what point does having sex with a girl who would attend third grade or play hopscotch with her friends had she been born in a different country become acceptable to those who live outside Yemen?
When did we get to a point that we are so complacent that we turn away from a little girl who could be one of our daughters or nieces or granddaughters? When did we become so calloused that we will accept that a 40-year-old man can brutalize his 8-year-old little child-bride, as if this was another circus-style "freak show," any where in the world without finding a way to do something?
I am sickened over what our society will now tolerate. But most of all, my heart hurts for the little girls in Yemen whose childhood and lives are being lost to practices that we would never tolerate at "home."
Rest in peace, sweet Rawan.
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Article originally published on September 11, 2013 at Bubblews, but removed from website by author.
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