From child bride to fearless face mask maker: Yemen’s safe spaces help women reclaim their lives | Humanitarian News

From child bride to fearless face mask maker: Yemen’s safe spaces help women reclaim their lives | Humanitarian News

SANA’A, Yemen – Salwa, 35, has survived child marriage, three abusive husbands, crushing poverty and years of grinding conflict. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she also endured starvation. But now, only months after joining a women’s safe space and learning to sew, she is building a new life for herself.

Salwa’s hardships began when she was married off at age 12. Her husband mistreated her for years, and then abandoned her, taking their daughter with him.

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