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When girls become wives to escape war

Forced marriages and child brides may sound far-fetched in Europe. A true story from the Netherlands dispels this notion. Women’s aid organizations expect that Germany will soon be confronted with these issues.


Niederlande Fatema Alkasem Vermisster Fl├╝chtlinge

On the photo the Dutch police is using to find her, Fatema wears a chic, leopard-print headscarf. She gazes seriously and defiantly at the camera, just like any other girl at her age. But Fatema is not a normal teenager. The 14-year-old is married and had her first child roughly two months ago.

Ever since August 31, the young Syrian woman and her husband, ten years her senior, have dropped off the authorities’ radar. The couple arrived in the Netherlands via Germany this summer and was housed in the refugee reception center in Ter Apel. Soon thereafter, Fatema did not appear for an appointment at the hospital. Dutch authorities believe that she has already been taken out of the country.

The child bride case in the heart of Europe has caused a stir. Dutch politician Attje Kuiken reacted by tweeting an appeal to put a stop to the practice as she finds it inacceptable. Children must be allowed to be children, she said.

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Forced Marriage: Kazakhstan Stealing the Bride Video Highlights ‘Barbaric’ Kidnapping Practice

Footage of a Kazakh woman apparently being kidnapped and dragged into the house of her future husband has surfaced online. The video shows the woman being pulled out from a car and forced to enter the house of the man who wants to marry her. Some people take pictures and videos as the girl cries and refuses to get off the car, while neighbours look on with curiosity.

When the girl is dragged into the new house, women throw petals and confetti on her. The video, entitled Stealing the Bride, depicts an ancient tradition still practised in several countries in central Asia, Africa and South America, according to which future brides are abducted by friends of the husband-to-be.

Stealing the bride

During the kidnapping, women cry and beg to be released and when they reach the house of the men who want to marry them, they are pressurised to accept the marriage and celebrate with the new family.

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