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!
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