11-Year-Old’s Video Protesting Child Marriage Goes Viral
July 23, 2013 Leave a comment
In the United States we tend to take a lot for granted. While there are many tragedies that go on, child marriage is generally not one of them.
Nada al-Ahdal is an 11-year-old girl from Yemen. While most kids her age spend time playing with their friends or watching TV, she ran away from home. Her parents were forcing her to marry a much older man. She explains that she would be “better off dead” than married at 11 and forced to give up her childhood, education, and dreams. Her appeal has over five million views on YouTube.
This video went viral after being posted to Reddit, and has been picked up by Mashable, The Huffington Post and more. Nada is currently living with her uncle.
“I would have no life, no education. Don’t they have any compassion?” she asks.
According to the United Nations, 1 in 9 girls in developing countries will be married by the age of 15. In Yemen, about half of all women are married as children, Human Rights Watch stated. There is also no law that requires a minimum age for marriage.