Yemeni girl dies giving birth

Sept. 14, 2009 at 11:04 AM
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HODEIDAH, Yemen, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old pregnant Yemeni girl forced into marriage has died from severe bleeding after three days in labor, child advocates said.

Fawziya Ammodi and her baby were pronounced dead at a hospital in Yemen Friday, the Seyaj Organization for the Protection of Children told CNN in a story published Monday.

"Although the cause of her death was lack of medical care, the real case was the lack of education in Yemen and the fact that child marriages keep happening," Seyaj President Ahmed al-Qureshi said.

Born to a poor family in Hodeidah, Fawziya was married last year to a 24-year-old man, al-Qureshi said.

Such marriages are common in Yemen, where more than half of all Yemeni girls are married before age 18, often to older men who have more than one wife, a study by Sanaa University said.

The plight of Yemeni child brides came to light two year ago when 8-year-old Nujood Ali escaped her violent husband and obtained a divorce in a well-publicized trial, CNN reported.

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