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I Am Nujood: Age 10 And Divorced by Nujood Ali

I Am Nujood: Age 10 And Divorced by Nujood Ali - NonFiction Autobiography

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No matter how you look at it, this is just plain WRONG

  • May 7, 2010
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A little girl grows up in Yemen, in a tiny village far from the big city of Sana'a.  Among many brothers and sisters, she's never alone and contented with her simple life.  Then an argument breaks out between her father and the other villagers, and her family is forced to flee within twenty-four hours, to leave her "paradise" and move to the big, unfriendly city, leaving behind all Nujood has ever known.  She's an imaginative little girl who dreams of the ocean and being a sea turtle.

 

But in the midst of her happiness with school and getting to know Sana'a, her father marries her off at the tender age of ten to a brutal man three times her age, in order to have "once less mouth to feed". 

 

Nujood is forced back to her original tiny town of Khardji, where she grew up, an insignificant place barely accessible even by offroad vehicles.  Here she is physically abused and raped by her husband – who swore he wouldn't touch her till puberty – and even her Mother-In-Law laughs about the whole ordeal, joking that this is a good thing.  In a culture that quotes, "To obtain happiness, marry a nine-year-old girl", Nujood cannot tolerate her circumstances.

 

During a rare trip to visit her parents in Sana'a, Nujood seeks the advice of any adult who will listen.  Not until she approaches her father's second wife does she hear the rebellious words of wisdom, "Nujood, you need to go to the Courts".  She does, and the story is history from there.  One of the youngest women to ever sue for divorce, and win, Nujood has created a public outcry against the ancient practices of Yemen, and brought the attention of the world to their doorstep.

 

With many helpers along the way, some of them unlikely males, Nujood obtains her divorce and the respect of millions of women around the world.  Read about her incredible, true tale here, in "I Am Nujood".  The book will leave you both saddened and furious, but most of all in love with a little girl who refused to take the abuse her culture expected her to.  Not to be missed!  Enjoy!

I Am Nujood: Age 10 And Divorced by Nujood Ali

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May 08, 2010
So unbelievable what she went through at such a young age. Thanks for sharing this important story.
 
May 07, 2010
What an extraordinary girl. I've been following her story in the news. I'll have to pick up this book. Thanks for sharing!
 
May 07, 2010
Thanks, Schtinky. Welcome, back!
 
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“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”
 
Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only ten years old.

Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled—not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood’s case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age. Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.

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ISBN-10: 0307589676
ISBN-13: 978-0307589675
Author: Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui
Genre: Autobiography, Nonfiction
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Date Published: (March 2, 2010)
Format: Paperback: 192 pages , Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
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