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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.

Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine’s women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sana’a to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
March 4th, 2014
Loved this book. Nujood gives very vivid recount of everything that happened to her. From early on the sexual abuse by her new husband and then later going to find a laywer to represent her case as she already knew at age 10 that these things that had happened to her were not right. A very meaninful and powerful book. A must read!✳
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November 9th, 2013
In this day and age people should not be forced to live this way. The only way things can change is though education . These books are hard to read but Their stories must be told
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I am Nujood
October 24th, 2013
This shows us the revolting truth behind arranged marriages. This should be outlawed. Also this girl's courage to fight for her rights and her freedom goes straight to your heart.
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Sad reality
September 30th, 2013
It's sad to know that its difficult to escape the reality. every night those girls suffers and cant afford to have a wonderful dream that thay should have. And ouch, at a very young age they have to matured early, forget about school, do the chores instead of playing and do what a wife should do at night.
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Inspiring story
September 26th, 2013
And it gives really sufficient explanation on the Muslim culture
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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
June 28th, 2013
This book sure opened my eyes to the injustice that was done to this poor innocent Yemen girl. I still cannot understand how parents can have such disregard for their own flesh and blood. I am sure the Karan does not support this disgusting, primitive and barbaric treatment of children.
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June 13th, 2013
I am horrified that this pedophilia exists in todays times. I am shocked and disgusted that dirty old men marry children and think this is a proper marriage.
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Help free little girls.....
April 12th, 2013
This nook has truly opened my eyes to the many injustices in this world. Child marriage is a serious issue in countriesvlike Yemen and India. Together we can make a difference; by purchasing one of these nooks you will gain an understanding of the issue and at the sametime donating to the cause of freeing theses children.
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