She remembers that Amal was in tears because her new husband was taking her to another region. Minutes later, her husband arrived at the tent, and Fatma went silent.The two sisters have not seen each other since their weddings. He said Fatma was "at a good age to marry." When asked if she could attend school, he shook his head no. Their men became known as the 'blue men of the Sahara' because the dye from their distinctive indigo scarves rub off onto their faces giving them a mysterious air.She admitted she illegally married a second husband.

Scared, she ran into a bedroom and locked herself inside. "They acted innocent in front of my grandfather," Fayrouz recalled.

"When he arrived, I was dressed, packed and ready to leave." They returned to Khamer. There's no way her parents can afford to return the dowry money.

"If things get worse, there's no doubt I'll marry off my 12-year-old daughter," Ansi said.

Fatma spent her day cooking and washing clothes for her in-laws.

"She's staying with us until she reaches puberty," said Fayrouz's father, adding that her in-laws will pay the remaining $400 only after she returns.

On a recent day, eight community elders sat in a [refugee] camp, some chewing khat, the narcotic leaf favored by most Yemeni men. Even Salim, the elder who worked at the charity, is preparing to marry off his two daughters, ages 13 and 14.He paid ,000 for her dowry, with 0 more at a future date.However, after the wedding, when they reached her husband's home, he started to flirt with her and ordered her to get into his bed. I called my father and he called my grandfather." Her grandfather, who lived in the same town, came immediately.(October 26, 2017) Young Girls Married off in War-Torn Yemen: Child marriages are increasing drastically in Yemen, due to the civil war and the poverty and the displacement it caused., fueled by a war that has thrown society into turmoil."Families also seek dowry payments to cope with conflict-related hardship." A father ran out of cash while buying qat — leaves habitually chewed as a stimulant in Yemen — so he gave his daughter to the dealer in marriage.