Child Marriages Increase as Families Struggle to Cope in Yemen

Courtesy of International Christian Response

Nezar* left his country, Yemen, and is now living in Europe. In Europe, he left Islam and became a follower of Jesus. Now he tries to help the Yemeni people however he can while living abroad. Heʼs worried about his country and the deep poverty caused by the war, which has been going on since March 2015. One consequence of the war particularly concerns him: a growing number of child marriages.

It can be hard for anyone to understand why fathers are marrying their young daughters to elderly men in 2020. Although historically even in many Western countries, it wasnʼt unusual for young girls to be married off to elderly men, these countries have now largely ended child marriage. However, strict Islamic countries have struggled to abolish the practice due to legalistic interpretations of Islam that forbid any deviation from cultural norms practiced by Arab tribes a thousand years ago.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for local church groups in Yemen, that they would be a voice of advocacy with regards to child marriage.
  • Pray that local church members in Yemen would be in the right place, at the right time and have the right words to speak to heads of households who may be considering a marriage for an underage daughter.
  • Pray that God would make a way for Nezar to reach his country with the Gospel and to share his faith in Jesus Christ.