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July 23, 2013

Yemeni girl's speech against child marriage goes viral

Eleven year-old says she escaped forced marriage by fleeing her parents.

YouTube screen shot of Nada al-Ahdal.
A video of an 11-year-old Yemeni girl's account of escaping her arranged marriage has gone viral. In the 3-minute clip, Nada al-Ahdal says she would rather die than get married at her age and calls the potential marriage "criminal." 
According to a report in NOW Lebanon, Nada fled to her uncle when her parents agreed to marry her to a Yemeni expatriate living in Saudi Arabia.
A version of the video with English captions received more than 5.6 million views in two days.