You know the rule, readers: when losing a war, wag the women card even as you bomb them into oblivion.
"Yemeni bride, 13, dies of injuries" by Associated Press | April 9, 2010
SANA, Yemen — A 13-year-old Yemeni girl has died of injuries to her genitals four days after a family-arranged marriage, a human rights group said.
The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has drawn the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages. Legislation that would make it illegal for those under the age of 17 to marry is in serious peril after strong opposition from some of Yemen’s most influential Islamic leaders.
The 13-year-old girl from Hajja Province, northwest of the capital, died April 2, four days after her marriage to a 23-year-old man, said Majed al-Madhaji, a spokesman for the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights. A medical report from al-Thawra hospital said she suffered a tear to her genitals and severe bleeding. Authorities detained the husband.
Yes, she was a virgin.
Yeah, seems like the whole world is sick; however, one group generally escapes excessive scrutiny in my newspaper.
The Yemeni rights group said the girl was married off in an agreement between two men to marry each other’s sisters to avoid having to pay expensive bride-prices. The group said that was a common arrangement in the deeply impoverished country. Yemen’s gripping poverty plays a role in hindering efforts to stamp out the practice, as poor families find themselves unable to say no to bride-prices in the hundreds of dollars for their daughters.
Yeah, those Muslims, boy. First the wife-whipping and now this.
Pretty quiet coverage for a war, huh?