The Yemen Times is a gift. It is brave, imaginative and speaks up for those journalists in the Arab world who believe in using the power of their words.  But this is more than an example of brave and compelling journalism.

It is a lesson in using good writing reporting and writing to focus on an issue that has public momentum.

If you know of similar stories in the Arab world on this topic, please let me know.

Stephen

Here is just one story that translates their efforts.

Runaway child bride

Fikra Mahmoud
For the Yemen TimesPublished:29-03-2010

TAIZ, March, 27 — For five months, Hind has been physically abused, sexually assaulted, and has several times tried to run away from a forced early marriage. Only now has she found shelter. According to the woman she is staying with, she is pregnant.

After she tried to escaped, her uncle, who had arranged her marriage, tied her by the neck with an iron chain to his house, because she had refused to stay with her husband.

Hind looks about 13 or 14 years old. Her body and the fact that there are only 24 teeth in her mouth are further evidence that she is less than 14 years old.

http://www.yementimes.com/defaultdet.aspx?SUB_ID=33788

more on Child Brides, from Arab News

http://archive.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=131456&d=19&m=1&y=2010

Here is a story from the National on the controversy in Yemen

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100324/FOREIGN/703239830/1002/NEWS

And another:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/middle-east/100316/child-brides-yemen