Yemen Swap Marriages a tradition that makes and breaks families

By: Juliet
On: Thursday, 31 July, 2014

The ancient Shegar practice where the children of one family marry those of another often means that homes and support systems can be torn apart in the blink of an eye

The high cost of getting married within a closed society is the subject of Mai Noman’s documentary Yemen Swap Marriages (BBC World Service). The programme follows the practice of Shegar, an ancient tradition where the children of one family marry those of another, or to quote Noman’s friend Hassan: “I marry your sister if you marry mine, but if you divorce my sister, I divorce yours.”

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Source: Life and style: Divorce | theguardian.com