The day a 117 year old Somali man married a 17 year old girl

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117 year old Ahmed Muhamed Dore and 17 year old Safia Abdulleh at their wedding in 2009

In October 2009, Ahmed Muhamed Dore – who already has 13 children by five wives – said he would like to have more with his new wife, Safia Abdulleh, who is 17 years old.
“Today God helped me realise my
dream,” Mr Dore said, after the
wedding in the region of Galguduud.
The bride’s family said she was “happy with her new husband”.
Mr Dore said he and his bride – who is young enough to be his great-great-grand-daughter – were from the same village in Somalia and that he had waited for her to grow up to propose.
“I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love; and then we agreed
to marry,” the groom said.
Dhore – who says he was born in 1897, the
year that Queen Victoria celebrated her
diamond jubilee – already has 13 children
by five wives, but said he would like more
with his newest, Safiya Abdulle.
Hundreds of people attended the
extraordinary ceremony this week in Guriceel, in the region of Galguduud.
“Today God helped me realise my dream,” Dore said. He and his new wife, who is almost a century his junior, are from the same village in Somalia, he said, adding that he had waited for her to grow up to
propose. He says his children and two other wives agreed to the marriage, as did Abdulle’s parents.
“I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love, and then we agreed to marry,” the groom said. The bride’s family said she was “happy with her new husband”. Somali adolescent girls
are often married off to older men.
Dhore has 114 children and grandchildren.
His oldest son is 80 and three of his wives have died. This was his first marriage for three quarters of a century.

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