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They Have Killed Our Dreams: One Child Bride Escapes, Many Do Not

by Abby Zimet

Powerful video from Nada al-Ahdal, an 11-year-old Yemeni girl who twice escaped forced marriage, has sparked awareness of the longstanding issue facing millions of girls in a country with no legal minimum age for "marriage" - though a lawyer working for child brides pointedly calls it "rape." Thanks to the Middle East Media Research Institute, and a brave Nada.

"Enough. What about the innocence of childhood? What have the children done wrong? Why do you marry them off like that?"