An eloquent and heart-wrenching video message from an 11-year-old girl who escaped being sold into a marriage to an older man has thrown the spotlight on forced marriages.
In her video soliloquy, Yemeni girl Nada Al-Ahdals defiantly declares: “I’m not an item for sale.”
Nada says she fled to her uncle’s house when her parents attempted to force her into marrying an older man for money.
“I would have had no life, no education,” she says in the video, dated July 8. “Don’t they have any compassion?”
“I’m better off dead. I’d rather die.”
While mainly a third world problem, Australia is not immune to teenage and prepubescent girls being forced into marrying older men.
Among the shocking statistics are:
- 37,000 girls under 18 are forced into marriage every day
- 13 million underage girls married off each year
- Girls under 15 five times more…
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