The writer of the article above openly concedes that the practice of child marriage--almost always involving girls--had occurred before the invasion of Yemen and, in fact, it existed in the Middle East before the birth of Islam and, sadly, was only strengthened by its religious backing. Whether or not the victims DESERVE to suffer in this way--just because the dominant religion in their country often allows it--is a question for the conscience of each individual. As for me, I would never choose the option of selling a child into marriage for economic relief, but it's somewhat comprehensible that a person with little or no education might fail to see other alternatives in their desperation, especially when their fellow countryfolk do the same.
The independent journalist was honest enough NOT to blame everything on the Coalition invasion of Yemen, even though she fully supports the Yemeni Resistance. If you see any similar story in the corporate mainstream media(MSM) of Western nations, it will always be shared with the subtle undercurrent, 'Look at these stupid, backward people and how uncivilized they are. There's nothing we can do to save them so we shouldn't worry about it at all and they deserve whatever happens to them.' The hypocritical irony is that the MSM owners' buddies in politics can't WAIT to meddle in these countries' affairs, installing puppet dictators and hoarding their natural resources under the absurd pretxt of advancing democracy.
Although the journalist didn't touch on the following aspect of the crisis, it has been concretely established in this thread before. That is, Wahhabists terrorists like the ones from al-Qaeda and ISIS--who are often HEAVILY supported by the governments of Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US--participate in hegemony (such as what is transpiring in Yemen) with the expressed purpose of fomenting the conditions we read about in the article.Furthermore, it's not at ALL uncommon for the arranged marriages to be made under duress: "We can kill her or take her by force if you don't accept our offer, so you might as well take what you can get!" Obviously, some of the deals to supposedly arrange a marriage for the child are just a subterfuge for putting the girl on the sex-slave market. Finally, while I agree that the practice of selling very young girls into marriage is rather barbaric, so-called civilized Western leaders have absolutely NOTHING to brag about when they back the most savage dictators imaginable and turn a blind eye while pedophilia runs rampant in their own countries' foster care systems.
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