She was an eleven year old girl from a poor family in Yemen whose father was suffering from kidney failure and there was scant food in the house. Fawziya Abdullah Youssef was compelled by the family to drop out of school and become the bride of an older man. Within a year she had become pregnant since in Yemen there are no laws banning marriages of young girls who have not even reached a secondary school level of education. As the world remembered the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a “minor death” occurred in Yemen when the twelve year old died as she tried giving birth to a baby. The baby also died.
The Organization for Childhood Protection (Seya) in Yemen noted, “the case of Fawziya illustrates the t ragedy of those whom we call ‘the brides of death’ who are little girls less than 15 years old, forced into marriage, mostly due to financial reasons.”
It was just another death in the afternoon in Yemen.