Brave Yemeni Girl Flees Home & Protests Child Marriage on YouTube

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With her incredibly courageous decision to flee her home to avoid being forced to marry a much older man, 11-year-old Nada al-Ahdal spoke out about her traumatic ordeal, resulting in this incredibly powerful video that has inspired people around the world.

According to Too Young To Wed, a project developed by the United Nations Population Fund, 1 out of 9 girls in developing countries will be married by the age 15 and if we do nothing, 142 million more girls will become child brides over the next 10 years. That’s nearly 4x the number of girls who attend school every day in North American and Western Europe combined.

When this little girl looks point blank into the camera and states that she’d be “better off dead” than marrying this man, it’s time for us to pay attention.

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  • Tara

    And we are supposed to be living in a civilized world? This may be an accepted custom, but there has got to be a way to educate these people so that this cruelty stops. How can parents do this to their child? I’m sure they would have been paid money, but all the money in the world is not worth the lose your child. My heart goes out to this young girl.

  • Natasha Davis

    I’d love to see a follow up to this – did this little girl survive? Worried the uncle might have sided with the family and given her back, or worse. I do hope she had a chance at a future of her choosing after making such a brave choice at such a young age.