Yemeni Child Bride, 12, Dies in Childbirth

Girl forced to marry 24-year-old dies after three days in labor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2009 3:03 AM CDT
Yemeni Child Bride, 12, Dies in Childbirth
Nujood Ali, 10, and her lawyer leave the stage after being honored at the Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York last year. The Yemeni girl went to court to be freed from her forced marriage.    (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

A pregnant 12-year-old Yemeni girl has died after three days of excruciating labor that also claimed her baby, a human rights group tells CNN. Fawziya Ammodi's poverty-stricken family forced her to drop out of school last year to marry a 24-year-old man. More than half of Yemeni girls are married off before the age of 18—many times to much older men

The issue gained prominence last year when a 10-year-old successfully obtained a divorce from an older husband she said beat and raped her within weeks of their marriage. Yemeni legislators have since tried—unsuccessfully—to set the minimum age of marriage at 17, but the practice remains commonplace.
(More Yemen stories.)

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