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Say NO to Child Marriages

Eight Year Old Bride Dies In Yemen

There is no end to the abuse of girls and women across the world.  It happens on a daily basis.  What is even more heart rending and heart-breaking is Child marriages.  Just a few days ago an eight girl from Yemen became another victim of Child Marriage.

The eight year old girl identified as Rawan died from internal bleeding after intercourse that ruptured her uterus on her wedding night.  Her husband was five times her age.

Yemen authorities say they are investigating the girl’s death and will prosecute those responsible.  No action as yet being taken against the man responsible for the child’s death.

The incident has caused international outrage, but will it be enough to bring about laws to protect children from Child Marriages?  Governments in countries where Child Marriage is practiced over the years have only made halfhearted attempts to enforce laws to stop the practice.  While they take a lackadaisical approach, the children continue to suffer.

Parents who subject their children to this kind of sexual slavery must be held accountable.  It must not continue to go on.  These girls are robbed of their childhood; forced to take on adult responsibilities of cooking , cleaning, bedding grown men and enduring agonizing sex.  A child’s body is not ready for intercourse.  Like Rawan some will die from internal injuries, others will die giving birth.

None of us can say we know what Rawan must have endured.  We can only imagine the agonizing pain she must have suffered.  We can only imagine how much she must have cried out in agony while this monster, this sorry excuse of a man ripped her body apart.  He took from her, her childhood , her innocence, her every hope dream and aspirations and her life.  What kind of a monster does this to a child?

Sleep well Rawan my dear sleep well. Free from sorrow, free from pain you are glory bound. Safe in the arms of the Savior who said ”Suffer little children to come on to me and forbid then not for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Sleep well  Rawan in the arms of the Savior.  The angels in Heaven are weeping for all the children we are killing.

Stop Abuse of Women

Stop Abuse of Women

Female Genital Mutilation

 

The World Health Organization estimates that between 100 million and 140 million women and girls world wide  have been subjected to female genital mutilation.  The report states that about three million girls are at risk each year.

The purpose of female genital mutilation is to curb the sexual desire of the girl or woman and preserve her sexual honor before marriage..  They see this as a way of guaranteeing her virginity and fidelity.  The mutilation is irreversible and the procedure is extremely painful.

FGM is practiced in  Egypt, Somalia, Yemen, Mali, Sudan, Guinea, Djibouti, Mauritania and others.  Knives, scissors, scalpels, pieces of glass and razor blades are often used and often times these instruments are not sterile.  What is even more troubling is that the procedure is often done without anesthetic.

The practice has dreadful consequences.  Mortality rate is high and the survivors suffer their whole lives from the psychological and medical consequences of the operation.  They are traumatized and suffer from health issues during marriage and pregnancy.  Most endure rather than enjoy sex.  Female Genital Mutilation must stop.  No woman should have to endure this horrible form of abuse.