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Laila A

2013 (Narrative Date)

There are an estimated 85,000 people living in modern slavery in Yemen (GSI 2018). Young girls are subjected to child forced marriage, with UNICEF estimating 32% of girls being married before the age of 18. There is currently no legal age of marriage in Yemen and poverty, the practice of dowry and strict social and religious customs are drivers of child marriage in the country. With the onset of conflict within the country, estimates suggest that child marriage is on the rise.

Laila was married at 12-years-old.

When I got home from school one day, my father told me I was getting married. When I told him I didn’t want to get married he threatened to beat me.  

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