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A daughter is a drain on a family in many cultures.

My first thought really was about the "poor widower", I guess he'll be back in the marriage market. Hopefully he'll find a woman next time and NOT a child.

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A daughter is a drain on a family in many cultures.

My first thought really was about the "poor widower", I guess he'll be back in the marriage market. Hopefully he'll find a woman next time and NOT a child.

Don't count on it. There was a reason he chose such a young girl in the first place. If he'd wanted a grown woman, I'm sure he could have found one.

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Until the citizens of Yemen and other similar countries are ready to change, there's not much we can do except live our lives as an example. It is a sad situation

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The fact is, where I live, this type of behavior is not uncommon. I had a girl in my high school who gave birth at 15 (she was married at 14), and no one said a word. Other girls have been killed because they have "dishonored" their family by dating a non-Islamic man. Yet, quite often, there is no media coverage and very little punishment. The more we say, "Who cares?" the less we actually will care, and the more these customs will appear commonplace.

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Disgusting. Poor little girl and poor baby. How horrific that this is even allowed to happen. Breaks my heart.

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Anger and sadness at injustice is not only American but just plain human. No, this little girl's death had nothing to do with you and your life, but for some reason you felt the need to not only read the post but to comment on it in such a distasteful and heartless way. Some people never develop empathy, and you are obviously one of those people. How could we, our world, our society ever move forward if we did not educate each other on the problems we face collectively. Sure, a little girl being raped, impregnated, and forced through a horrific death HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU, but some people care about others the way they care about themselves and their families. You said to get our emotions in check, but as not only a female but as a mother to a little girl, I will get emotional and that isn't a bad thing. Emotions have pushed through everything from the start of this country to civil rights and much more. If you don't care, then that's fine shrug and move on, but you obviously have an attention seeking personality otherwise you would never use the death of a young girl to make your ridiculous and naive comments.

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I just wonder how the fathers who sell their little girls into these marriages feel? I mean, most men go nuts if they think there is some guy doing anything with their teen daughter, marriage certificate or not. I wonder why these people are so different.,

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hopefulabby, I'm not sure what post you are responding to. I didn't find any that said for folks to "get their emotions in check". I know I said it was a sad situation.

Maybe my comment about how there is little we can do was mis-interpreted. IMO, Change in the laws and culture in Yemen has to come from within that nation. Other countries might be able to put some pressure by withholding aid or blocking trade. I know of only one case where that finally had an effect, South Africa. The failures to change with aid, sanctions, or force is a very long list. Consider Burma, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea.

I would love to see a worldwide end to forced child marriage, marital rape, honor killings, stonings, and public amputations/beheadings. There is a long list of countries where those things occur and several of them are counted as US allies. Really, the most potent force for this change would be Islamic leaders, if they would step up to the plate.

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I agree with azhiker96 - I'm not sure who Hopefulabby was directing her comment toward. I thought every comment so far has been appropriate.

I hope that the increased publicity about child brides may help pressure some of these countries to stop the practice. It is truly sickening.

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I'm sorry for the confusion. There was a similar post with the exact same title and story, with a member who was making comments like "this doesn't affect me or my life" "we should get our emotions in check" " what should we do start a war" Somebody on the other thread said " I hope your not a nurse" and he replied "Why b/c I don't get over-emotional about somebody else's problems". His replys really upset me. Thought I had commented on the right post.

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Please note several posts have been removed from this thread. Some were off-topic and derailed the thread and some of the others quoted and/or referred to the posts that were off-topic.

Thanks!!

Carry on...

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