A 12-year-old girl given to a 24-year-old man as a bride died after being made to bear his child, who also died.
The Yemeni girl was only 11 when she was given to her husband, who works as a farmer in the notoriously fertile land of Saudi Arabia.
She subsequently gave birth to his son, stillborn, and then died of internal bleeding which doctors were unable to stop.
Yemen is a nation where child marriage is rife, with the government itself estimating a quarter of all girls are married by the age of 15. These girls suffer mortality rates during childbirth five times that of women in their twenties.
A number of Arab and Islamic nations are notorious for such practices, and it does not appear modernity will be reaching any of these places any time soon…