I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali

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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.”
 
Nujood Ali's childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband's hands and of her daring escape. With the help of local advocates and the press, Nujood obtained her freedom—an extraordinary achievement in Yemen, where almost half of all girls are married under the legal age. Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has inspired other young girls in the Middle East to challenge their marriages. Hers is an unforgettable story of tragedy, triumph, and courage.


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About Nujood Ali

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NUJOOD ALI was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. Named a Glamour Woman of the Year in 2008, she has been profiled in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine. She lives in Yemen. DELPHINE MINOUI, a recipient of the Albert Loudres Prize, has been covering Iran and the Middle East since 1997. She lives in Beirut.
 
Published February 23, 2010 by Broadway Books. 194 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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With the assistance of Middle East journalist Minoui, Ali tells the disturbing story of her marriage and subsequent divorce—all by the age of ten.

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In this first-person narrative, Nujood shares the horror of her parents’ betrayal, and her mother-in-law's abuse, how she was forced to leave school at such a young age, and how she survived the rape and cruelty of her husband.

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Book review: 'Yemen' by Victoria Clark and 'I Am Nujood, Aged 10 and Divorced' by Nujood Ali washingtonpost.com > Arts & Living > Books » Follow Book World On: Book review: 'Yemen' by Victoria Clark and 'I Am Nujood, Aged 10 and Divorced' by Nujood Ali ...

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It is amazing what a small book this is when you consider what a huge impact it has had on both the Western world and the country of Yemen.

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