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"Families also seek dowry payments to cope with conflict-related hardship." A father ran out of cash while buying qat — leaves habitually chewed as a stimulant in Yemen — so he gave his daughter to the dealer in marriage.Another man married off his daughter three times in two years for repeated dowries, all before she turned 18.The Tuareg evoke images of a long forgotten and romantic age.But behind the ancient way of life is a culture so progressive it would even make some people in liberal western cultures blush."She's staying with us until she reaches puberty," said Fayrouz's father, adding that her in-laws will pay the remaining 0 only after she returns.On a recent day, eight community elders sat in a [refugee] camp, some chewing khat, the narcotic leaf favored by most Yemeni men. Even Salim, the elder who worked at the charity, is preparing to marry off his two daughters, ages 13 and 14."We needed the money from the dowry," said her father, Ahmed Haider Sayed."Or else, I would never have married her off." Due to her extreme youth, Fayrouz's husband had to sign a document promising not to consummate their marriage until she reached puberty.
Each side has a long history of looking at the other's sexual mores with a mixture of astonishment and disgust.
(October 26, 2017) Young Girls Married off in War-Torn Yemen: Child marriages are increasing drastically in Yemen, due to the civil war and the poverty and the displacement it caused.
, fueled by a war that has thrown society into turmoil.
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However, after the wedding, when they reached her husband's home, he started to flirt with her and ordered her to get into his bed. I called my father and he called my grandfather." Her grandfather, who lived in the same town, came immediately.