January 31, 2018
The Swedish government is under fire from critics after giving an Iraqi man custody of children he conceived with a then-13-year-old girl who was raped by the man after being sent to Iraq to marry him in 2007.
The girl, given the name “Alicia” to hide her identity, travelled to Iraq to marry her 23-year-old cousin in 2007 and said she was raped by him on the night of their wedding, Dagens Nyheter reports.
She then became pregnant sometime later that year and travelled back to Sweden where she gave birth to twins in Gothenburg. In 2009, Alicia travelled back to Iraq where she asked for a divorce, which was supported by her father if she gave up her rights to her children under “Iraqi law”.
“After my divorce, my ex-husband’s family came to me. They pushed the children out of my arms, pushed them into a car and left. I just cried and screamed,” Alicia told Swedish media.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:40 am