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Yemeni Girl, 12, Bleeds To Death During Childbirth, Baby Also Dies

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    Yemeni Girl, 12, Bleeds To Death During Childbirth, Baby Also Dies September 14, 2009 6:11 p.m. EST Windsor Genova - AHN News Writer Sana a, Yemen (AHN) - A
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      Yemeni Girl, 12, Bleeds To Death During Childbirth, Baby Also Dies

      September 14, 2009 6:11 p.m. EST

      Windsor Genova - AHN News Writer

      Sana'a, Yemen (AHN) - A pregnant 12-year-old Yemeni girl bled to death during three days of labor at a local hospital in northern Yemen and her baby did not survive, a children's rights group said Monday.

      The Seyaj Organization for the Protection of Children said Fawziya Abdullah Yousuf died Friday in the Al Zahra district hospital of Hodeida province. Seyaj chairman Ahmad al Quraishi accidentally learned about the girl while at the hospital investigating cases of children who escaped fighting in the country's north

      The group said the girl's father married her off to a 24-year-old man when she was 11 years old. As in other Arab countries, child marriage is a common practice in Yemen despite a law that sets the minimum age for marrying at 17 .


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