After the viral story of Rawan, the child bride from Yemen who allegedly suffered from severe sex injuries but eventually was proclaimed as fake news, another Yemeni child bride story came up by a woman named Noora Al Shami. As she recalled how it was when she was forced to marry a man three times her age when she was 11, Daily Mail reports all the truth she exposed to the world.
It was with The Guardian that she said she was first excited with the celebrations of a laving wedding that awaited her as a Yemeni child bride but at the end of the parties that lasted for three days, then began the horror of abuse in different forms that she suffered from.
Noora Al Shami admitted that during the very first time that her older husband tried to initiate sex by taking off her clothes, she decided to be far and away for ten days just so she can avoid the act. But eventually, when she was forced to finally do it, she was rushed to the hospital due to shock.
According to the victim who once was a Yemeni child bride, it was so tough to be treated like an object instead of a person since it seems there was no one to help as she is considered a "legal wife."
The child bride who is now 35 years old also confessed that she suffered from two miscarriages during the span of her marriage. The first one was when she was 13 and the other was when she was 15 years old. It was not only her who was mistreated by her husband but also her children. After ten years, she got help from the Oxfam and the Yemei's Women's Union and filed for divorce.
Noora hopes that her story will inspire more women to fight for their rights since her own mum was also a child bride herself. "I want to make my voice heard and change the lives of women in Yemen. Women shouldn't have to be victims. I suffered domestic violence but now I'm speaking out," Noora said.
Gulf News adds that the case of child marriages in Yemen is very usual with girls being married when they are as young as 15 to 18 years old. The reason behind this is for families to lessen the number of mouths to feed to overcome poverty.
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