Posted on November 2, 2009

Somali Man, 112, Marries 17-Year-Old Girl

Tom Chivers, London Telegraph, October 29, 2009

A crowd of hundreds attended the wedding between Ahmed Muhamed Dore and Safia Abdulleh in Guriceel, in the Galguduud region of Somalia. Mr Dore said: “Today God helped me realise my dream.”

Mr Dore and his teenage bride are from the same village, and he said that he had waited for her to grow up before proposing.

He said: “I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love, and then we agreed to marry.”

The bride’s family said she was “happy with her new husband”.

At 95 years older than her–if his claimed age is accurate–he is old enough to be her great-great-great-grandfather.

He already has 18 children by his other five wives.

According to Somali historians, the wedding is the first of its kind in Somalia for over a century.