When a young girl is forced to marry, she loses nearly everything. She loses her childhood. She is forced into sexual intercourse, pregnancy, and childbirth before she is emotionally and physically ready. As much as child marriage leads to poverty, poverty leads back around to child marriage.
Speculations about what will happen are rife. But, given the history of Yemen in the past 33 years, and all the facts, what would be the options for Saleh now?
Will Yemen's national council achieve anything? I have no doubt that the group will be attacked by so many agents of the regime. There will be differences of opinion within the group about the direction and speed of action to be taken. In the milieu of tribal Yemen, which has never known democracy, anything is possible.