Child Marriages: A human rights issue

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Most of the world knows the Muslim Middle East as a place for coveting oil, having a captivating culture and spicy cuisine. Yet the Middle East is also a place with a history filled with continuous civil wars, poverty, and social and political turbulence. In these strange lands it is often unclear who really makes the laws, a place where more children can be found begging on the street then in school. The fate of young village girls rest in the hands of tribal chiefs, within the home older brothers and fathers are the law.
In the Middle Eastern Countryside women are not taught to make choices. At their age they do not ask questions. All children are delivered at home, their mothers’ laying on a woven mat swearing suffering, terribly
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“According to Yemeni law, it is difficult for you to file a complaint against your husband and your father”(Ali, 81). Since children are born without identification documents, marriage is a contract signed and unanimously approved by the men in the family. The marriage of young girls is traced to an Ancient Tradition. Upon asking her mother, “Whatever did I do to deserve this?”(Ali, 91), And why she was being married off and later beaten, and raped by her new husband her mother responded, “That’s how life is, Nujood: all woman must endure this; we have all gone through the same thing”(Ali, 96). The problem with the concept of child marriages is that it steams from a seemly pure and honest source. In these villages “There is even a tribal proverb that says, ‘to guarantee a happy marriage, marry a nine-year-old girl”(Ali, 75). With ancient proverbs saying to marry young woman, there really is no room for debate. Upon Nujood’s mother asking her father his response was, “Too young? When the prophet Mohammed wed Aisha, she was only nine years old” (Ali, 54). Within the Qur’an the life of the prophet Mohammed is written with detail explicitly describing his marriage and marriage consummation to his own young bride. The codependent relationship between religion, marriage, and politics is extremely intricate. In Islamic culture as explored in Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions “The
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