葉門是全球最窮困的國家之一,把女兒當作賺錢工具在當地不是新鮮事而是陋習 ,嫁女兒這門生意能拿父母取得平均約4.5 萬台幣的收入(聘金)。
 
一名年約10歲的葉門女童娜達(Nada al-Ahdal)激烈控訴母親要她出嫁,YouTube快速突破百萬人次點閱率。根據資料葉門逾1/4女性未滿15歲就被迫結婚,(Nada al-Ahdal)達泣訴有些孩子投海自盡而她的阿姨13歲出嫁1年後就自焚而離世。 娜達的叔叔阿達爾受訪時說:「她才10歲,我不能讓她結婚,一生就此毀了。」葉門有45%人生活都屬於在貧困階級,以女換錢的買賣在當地諷刺地是普遍的社會現象,當地政府曾立法15歲以上才可結婚,但1990年代又廢除。2009年政府曾試圖限制17歲為法定結婚年齡,但遭國會保守派議員反對。目前半數女性未滿18歲就結婚,超過1/4女性不到15歲就被迫賣賣成為人妻。

 

 

11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home to Avoid Forced Marriage: I'd Rather Kill Myself

  

" I managed to solve my problem, but some children can't solve theirs, and they might die, commit suicide, or do whatever comes to mind. They are just kids. What do they know? ...It's not our fault. I'm not the only one. It can happend to any child. There are many cases like that. Some children decided to throw themselves into the sea. They're dead now... I filed a compliant with the police against my mother...I would hazve no life, no education. Don't they have any compassion? What kind of upbringing did they get? I'm better off dead. I'd rather die. They threatened to kill me...Would it make you happy to marry me off against my will? Go ahead and marry me off. I'll kill myself, just like that. They have killed our dreams. They have killed everything inside us.
There's nothing left...This is crimina, simply criminal. ...she poured gasoline over herself and set herself on fire. she died. He would beat her with metal(chains). He would get drunk." ~ Nada Al-Ahdal

Sentenced to marriage: Interview with Nada Al-Ahdal

 

" My dream pushes me everyday to live."  ~ Nada Al-Ahdal

 

■ 在很多方面我是一個現實主義者,尤其跟慈善有關的事情上面 ...我曾經跟大多數人一樣,深信非洲離我們很遠,非洲的問題只有萬能的造物主能幫得上忙 ...在看到新聞中骨瘦如柴 腹大如鼓的飢饉兒童時, 一方面不可置信 ,一方面希望能乾脆別過頭去, 我只能逃避, 因為我完全無能為力。直到兩年前,我被到新聞畫面中的現場 ,我感覺自己終於又是一個活生生的人 ....一口井可以需要5000美金,但是這口井可以養活附近居民兩千人....我們不只是施捨,我們要幫助他們自助助人...我永遠都無法忘記那曾經在我懷裡瘦弱的小生命, 她三歲 沒有落地走過路,因為從來沒有吃飽過,我摸到的骨頭是軟的....這樣的孩子在餵養中心到處可見 ...台灣也有很多需要幫助的人,為什麼要大老遠把錢送到非洲去? 沒有錯 救難的確分遠近 但是也分輕重 (59) 出處: 一個人的KTV  作者: 劉若英/著  2001年出版 
 
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