By: Sophie McAdam,
This week, an eight-year-old Yemeni girl called Rawan died from severe internal injuries after being brutally raped by her 40-year-old husband on their wedding night. It´s impossible to imagine the terror and pain this small child suffered as she was so horrifically abused, but we must not let her tragic ordeal be in vain.
In Yemen, where poverty-stricken families can earn good money by selling a young daughter, more than a quarter of girls marry before the age of 15. For years, protesters in Yemen have been fighting to change this, but in 2009 the courts threw out a law that campaigned to set the minimum age for marriage at 17.
Rawan´s parents failed her, and so did her government. Her death has sparked anger in Yemen, and we must join the people´s urgent call for change while the world´s attention is on the country. All children deserve a childhood. Please act now before another girl like Rawan is forced to endure such a barbaric attack on her innocence.
I have created a petition on Avaaz and would appreciate any help by True Activist readers to raise awareness- please sign and share the campaign using the above link if this touches you. United, we CAN make a difference to future generations.