The deepest differences between Muslims and Westerners concern not politics but sexuality.
Each side has a long history of looking at the other's sexual mores with a mixture of astonishment and disgust.
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.
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.
UNICEF reported in March, as paraphrased by the Associated Press, that early marriage in Yemen has become "alarmingly widespread." In a survey conducted in September in six provinces, 72 percent of female respondents said they got married before 18 — compared with around 50 percent in surveys before the war — and about 44 percent said they were wedded before they turned 15, the organization said.
But behind the ancient way of life is a culture so progressive it would even make some people in liberal western cultures blush.
But the money raised was not enough to pay their debts to the hospital and relatives.
Their shy daughter, a shade under 4 feet tall, became their only source of income.
When asked the name of her husband's family, Fatma didn't know it.
She remembers her father telling her and her sister, Amal, that the family needed money. I have sacrificed for my family," she continued, her voice dropping to a whisper.