There has been shock and outrage among human rights activists in Yemen and elsewhere across the world about stories dealing with the death of an eight year old bride in Yemen. Al Jazeera reported on Sept. 13, 2013, "Yemen investigates reported eight year old child bride death." There is an investigation in Yemen dealing with the bloody death of an eight year old girl from injuries which she suffered on the first night of her marriage to a man in his 40s.
European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has shared the sentiments of people worldwide when she called the reports appalling, as she urged Yemen to pass a law which bans child marriage. Hooria Mashour, who is Yemen's human rights minister, has requested parliament to pass a law which sets a minimum age for marriage. Ahmed al-Quraishi, the chairman of the child rights' organization Siyaj, has said activists have collected information that just about confirms the case of the death of the eight year old girl.
BBC has reported, "Yemeni minister seeks law to end child marriage." There has been an international outcry over reports that an eight-year-old Yemeni girl died of internal bleeding on the night she was married to a 40-year-old man. Poor families who marry young girls off for money has been a common practice in Yemen. This is a really sad story which brings to light the problem of childhood marriage in Yemen and which certainly should prompt swift action by lawmakers in the country.