The increasing extreme poverty of Yemen’s 2 year-long civil war has led families to marry off their young daughters in order to provide for their families. There had been some progress towards decreasing child marriage in Yemen, but the country has recently taken steps back.
Forty-nine-year-old Abdullah worked selling water from a truck in Taiz city before the war broke out in May 2015. He sold his rig so his family of seven could flee the violence. Once in the school camp in al-Shimayateen, about 70 kilometres from his besieged hometown, Abdullah had to rely on handouts, but they weren’t enough for regular meals.
“I decided to marry my daughter so she could have a better life and I would have less of a [financial] responsibility,” he explains.
Full story from IRIN News.