April 9th, 2010
04:36 PM ET

Yemeni child bride dies of internal bleeding

A 12-year-old Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding following intercourse three days after she was married off to an older man, the United Nations Children's Fund said.

The girl was married to a man at least twice her age, said Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Her death is "a painful reminder of the risks girls face when they are married too soon," Kaag said Thursday.

Amal Basha, chairwoman of the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights, a Yemeni human rights group, identified the girl Friday as Elham Mahdi.

"Elham was married on March 29th and died three days later" and lived in Yemen's Hajjah province, Basha said.

The death is the latest in a series of child marriage cases in Yemen, where the minimum age to tie the knot is still under debate.

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  1. Jazmin

    This is nothing more than legalized child pedophile!!! It makes me sick!

    November 12, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. HAOE

    These pig beasts who do this to little girls ARE FULLY AWARE of what they are doing and WILL PAY for these disgusting, hateful murders they have committed. NO EXCUSE FOR THIS!!!!

    November 12, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ray gibbs

    Horrors. Education over Culture.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. carla

    Why on earth is a story from 4/9/10 being recycled? This Just In? Not quite. News report FAIL. Or did CNN just not have it's daily quota of xenophobe bait? Come oooonnnn....I'm sure they hung someone or stoned someone or something today, right? Maybe Google it and see if ya can't dredge up a more recent story.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reason

    Child marriages that early are ridicilous

    But beyond that, even if they continue, at least do not take the bride's virginity for years, and when you do, for chrissakes do not be ROUGH!

    How the hell a 12 year old died from internal bleeding... means she was taken too soon, too rough!

    Backwards ass monsters!

    November 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Bashon

    one less muslim to breed

    November 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacell

      Good point but still sad!

      November 20, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stacell

    I hope that her family who gave her to this child molester are going through HELL!

    November 20, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wooga_d

    You know, I get sick of people (muslims and non-muslims) who always try and defend the religion by saying its just extremists or political unrest or some cultural practices in a couple remote towns. Seriously?!? Stop the bs. Call it what it is! The religion is fantastically flawed...

    December 28, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
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