A video of an 11 year old Yemeni girl protesting the practice of child marriage has skyrocketed to viral status, via YouTube, Reddit and other aggregator sites. In it, young Nada Al-Ahdal pleads with parents not to arrange marriages for their kids. She is identified as having escaped what was to be a forced marriage.
“It’s not our fault. I’m not the only one. It can happen to any child,” she says in the video, first published by Yemeni photographer Ziad Abdul-Jabbar and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“There are many cases like that. Some children decided to throw themselves into the sea. They’re dead now.”
“Go ahead and marry me off,” she says. “I’ll kill myself, just like that.”
More at the Washington Post, and Al Jazeera. The Lebanese news site NOW has more background.
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