by: Mohammed Jamjoon
Imagine that you’re a girl in Yemen, awaiting the day when your parents wanted to married you off to some stranger because they didn’t want a burden like you. What would you do to escape the beatings and the mistreatments from your husband’s family? A 12- year- old girl was married off to a guy that was twice her age. She was married on March 29, but died three days later. Government official have started to take notice about these actions, and they wanted it to end.
Reading this article made me wonder, why were girls a moral burden to their family? Base on their perspective, girls don’t go to school nor do activities like the other boys. If the family were to give the girls away, who is there to help the family with chores? Didn’t they think that is what a job a girl should do? I can infer that this event have been practiced for a period of time, but why did the government notice it now? ”Although the cause of her death was lack of medical care, the real case was the lack of education in Yemen and the fact that child marriages keep happening,” al-Qureshi said. I do agree with what al- Qureshi has to say because the people who made girls married to men older than them didn’t know the consequences of their actions. If they knew what truly happen to those girls, those girls might be safe. Looking at a different view point, those parents wouldn’t care. They would argue about how their culture was, and how it had been a day to day event to them. What if they don’t change? What would you government DO to make a change, when no one listen?
If I were one of those girls, I would imagine myself being muted. I wouldn’t be able to stand up against my parents because I knew that there is a 1 to 0 percent chance I would be rescued. My parents would yell at me, telling me that they raised me up, and now it’s time for me to repay them by marrying to this old guy. But if I was a government official, I would treat this situation differently. These parents may argue that it’s their culture, but me, as government official wouldn’t allow them to harm my citizens. I would start setting punishments out to let the family realize about children, especially girls need their love and caring as much as the boys does. One law that I would set is “if the girls were still married off to older men, by an arranged married, I would lock their son in jail.” When the parents realize they needed their son back, they wouldn’t do anything else to harm these girls. In conclusion, I learned that not all children were bullied by other people, they’re bullied by their family members, but they were too scared to speak up for themselves.