Ahmed Muhamed Dore is 112 and has 18 children by five wives. However, this week he added a sixth wife, Safia Abdulleh, 17. The marriage was blessed under the Islamic traditions of the area. It is part of a disturbing trend of cases where young girls are married off to older men under Sharia law.
While Safia is old enough to be his great-great-grand-daughter, the groom insisted that he watched her grow up and wooed her: “I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love; and then we agreed to marry,.” That’s right, most 17-year-old girls dream of marrying someone over a century old.
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