“They have killed our dreams.”

“Go ahead and marry me off, I’ll kill myself.”

11 year old Nada Al-Ahdal, from Yemen, who escaped child marriage.

A 2010 Social Affairs Ministry report suggested that approximately a quarter of Yemeni girls had been married before the age of 15.

Last week, Nigeria voted to cancel its law that stated the age of marriage to be 18. Yemen has also had such laws struck down.

The WHO found that across the globe, each day, 39,000 girls – under the age of 18 – will be married.

Human Rights Watch provides a helpful breakdown of the issue here.

“But I’m not an item for sale.”

Nada Al-Ahdal

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