5-Year-Old Syrian Boy Engaged to 3-Year-Old Girl
The wedding takes place in 10 years
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2010 7:16 PM CDT
The young couple has a combined age of 8.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – They "could be the youngest couple in the world to get engaged of their own free will," trumpets the Gulf News. It would be tough to beat: The Syrian boy is five and the girl is three. Their parents swear it's legit and even bought rings that have been exchanged. As the story goes, the boy, identified only as Khalid, met Hala while their families were on vacation. His father says the boy "fell in love" and was lonely upon returning home.

The family called Hala's family, who agreed to the marriage, which isn't supposed to happen until Khalid turns 15. By way of explanation, the father adds: "My wife and I got Khalid after 20 years of marriage, in a complicated pregnancy. I vowed to have my child engaged at the age of 5 if he was a boy and to marry him to a women of his choice at the age of 15." (The Gulf News, which says the story is the "talk of the country," has photos of the kids here.)

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Oct 22, 2010 10:25 PM CDT
...and the ring bearer hasn't been born yet.
Oct 22, 2010 2:47 AM CDT
Ya know, these ridiculously-youthful, arranged marriages aren't much different than what it's like in any hillbilly small town: you're choices of marriage partners are anything but surprising, and 9 times outa 10 family are involved in it all. Moreover, what matters is how egalitarian is the family law in a country---i.e., will the bride have equal rights once she is betrothed? Will she have equal rights in a divorce? Equal rights in disputes over child custody? Etc.
Oct 21, 2010 11:04 PM CDT
Hmmm, let’s see: Married by 13 Pregnant by 14 Widowed by 16 Grandmother by 26 Old, wrinkled up and shriveled by 30 Amazing how life can pass you by so quickly.