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07 June, 2017

Yemen sees spike in parents marrying off young daughters for cash

Extremely young girls are paying the price for Yemen's brutal civil war, being married off by their own families, which are struggling to make ends meet. RT spoke to a mother who managed to save her 10-year-old daughter from becoming a child bride.

A woman by the name of Nasrine told RT that her 10-year-old daughter Mlak has already been engaged to an elderly man, a deal which was apparently arranged by the girl’s father against the Nasrine’s will. The mother and daughter were able to receive help from the Yemen Women’s Union, and the deal did not go through.

However, Nasrine says she is still worried for her daughter, fearing the father will one day kidnap her in another attempt to sell her as a child bride.

I'm totally against the idea of her marrying so young. It doesn't matter who the man is, she's just a child and should go to school. She's only 10, she wouldn't survive marriage,” Nasrine told RT.

I don't know what will happen to us, but my only goal is my daughter's education. She hasn't been going to school for two years, because I'm afraid that one day her father will kidnap her and marry her off. Because of that, she has lost the chance to play and learn,” she continued.

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