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Getting married is supposed to be one of the most special moments in life, but what happens when it turns out to be more of a nightmare than the dream you’d envisioned?

What happens when you’re not even old enough to envision that moment and you’re forced to marry anyways? For an eight-year-old Yemeni girl that nightmare became a reality when her parents married her off to a man more than five times her own age. On the night of her wedding she died from internal bleeding after her new “husband” raped her. At eight-years-old.

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This practice is all too common in Yemen, with more than a quarter of the female population in 2012 marrying before the age of 15.


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Due to atrocities like these many groups all over the world are calling for a ban to the tradition, with one argument stating we’ve moved away from barbarism and should continue to do so; though they’ve met with a crap-ton of resistance from the current Yemeni population.
 
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This is NOT something we need to have around in 2016 for more than just medical reasons. While tradition is a very understandable concept, there are still some things that shouldn’t have even began in the first place. What do you think?
Recently a social experiment to raise awareness on child marriage was filmed in New York City.

Watch how people reacted below:


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