Arranged marriage is an extremely controversial topic today, as it is slowly being snuffed out in cultures around the world.
One prevailing tradition in Yemen is for young girls to be married off to their much older husbands, and the results can be deadly, as seen in the most recent case of this form of marriage.
What would you do if you did not have the choice in who you marry? What would you do if your spouse was much older than you, so old that you shouldn’t be together? This is what many Yemeni girls face when they are put into arranged marriages.
It is not uncommon for young girls, as young as eight, to be taken into marriage by a man more than five times her age.
This tradition has serious consequences, not only for the lives of the girls being married, but for the society as a whole. Young girls’ lives are taken away, and sometimes in the most literal case.