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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Amanda Berry in Cleveland, and in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan ...

Child bride in Afghanistan Source
Child brides in Yemen. Source

Everyone is upset about the news from Cleveland, as well they should be. Remember, though, that in countries like Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the "marriage" of girl children against their will to adult men, and their living under house-arrest conditions, is not a freakish, nightmarish, unspeakable crime, but standard operating procedure.

These girl children are married off in accord with canonical scripture.

These girls forced against their will to be wives of much older men they do not know or love often attempt or commit suicide.

A child bride who attempted to burn herself to death. Source
A child bride whose husband tried to kill her. Source


  1. For more on this, see Siddiq Barmak's 2003 film, called "Osama." The film follows a young girl as she, forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to provide for her mother and grandmother . . .

    You can watch it here:

    And Danusha: I wish your sister a speedy and uneventful recovery.

    1. Liron, I found "Osama" so sad as to be really hard to watch.

      Thank you very much for sending your good wishes to my sis.