I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Book - 2010 | 1st American ed. --
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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.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780307589675
Branch Call Number: 306.8723092 Ali 9254tc 1
306.8723092 Ali 9254ul 1
306.8723092 Ali 9254ag 1
306.8723092 Ali 9254mv 1
306.8723092 Ali 9254mm 1
Characteristics: 188 p.
Additional Contributors: Minoui, Delphine
Coverdale, Linda


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K_ROK Aug 19, 2013

What a heroic story of this 10 year old girl and all the hardships she has faced. Because of her story many other Yemeni girls have found the strength and courage to come forward from their forced marriages of abuse and demand a divorce. A truly inspiring memoir.

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Sep 17, 2016

This book offers a first hand experience of women living in an Islamic state. This religion has been used as an umbrella to shield the participants from accepting that their lifestyles violate the most basic of human rights. These women don't even know what honor is, yet they are forced to be raped and beaten to protect their father's honor. The truth is that the Muslim religion is actually a way to enslave women. Muslim men have no respect for their own daughter's or wives. Muslim women should renounce their religion and rise up! Call for help and women around the world would come to help.

Apr 06, 2016

Those who do not understand the sickness that is taught by Islam may not believe this book is written about the truth.

As horrific as it is, it is happening to young girls that will forever have their lives changed. Nujood had a very meager existence before being married off to a much older man. Reading of her abuse and having her mother-in-law ignore her pleas for help is heart wrenching.

As Americans we cannot allow this tradition of abuse to invade our society as the followers of Islam grow daily on our soil.

The book addresses some groups who are fighting this in Yemen to save the female children there. Thankfully, there are some who are willing to try and stop it.

1dreamer Dec 05, 2015

I couldn't put the book down. It's an easy read, but very compelling. It gives an excellent description of what her life was like before her marriage--which she was not consulted on.
She is a brave and determined woman to go against the rules and say no, it's not acceptable to her to be abused.
It made me realize how lucky we are here in America.

Jul 19, 2014

A very liberating story of a young girl whom seeked freedom from an abusive marriage that tears apart the aspects of matrimony in this Middle Eastern country. Such a grand array of politics is often misunderstood especially by western culturized people. In many ways this young girls story is so compelling; has opened the minds and ears of even some of the most respected figures worldwide. A heroic journey from what seems impossible to most women or men in a modern day world was completed and done by a girl only of 10 where resources and services are only dreamt of in a world like Yemen.

stellaau Sep 01, 2013

Inspirational. Too bad her father is controlling all the money coming in from the book. She is no longer going to school and her father's new wife has kicked Nujood out of her own house (bought with the help of her French publisher). Her father is as bad as her ex-husband. Yemen law does not protect females.

K_ROK Aug 19, 2013

What a heroic story of this 10 year old girl and all the hardships she has faced. Because of her story many other Yemeni girls have found the strength and courage to come forward from their forced marriages of abuse and demand a divorce. A truly inspiring memoir.

Heartbreaking eye opening story of the lives of girls in Middle East countries. Until women are treated with equal respect and not like property can we really expect changes that can lead to peace in the Middle East?

Dec 20, 2012

A quick read. Not too much depth, but revealing of the less fortunate women in the world, especially young brides.

Oct 23, 2012

Tragic and powerful all at once. How can so much happen to a barely-educated girl? Find out too what happened to her sisters, also sad stories.

Jun 12, 2012

This is by far one of the best true stories I have ever read! To hear how at nine years old nujood was married off but found the courage to seek a divorce in a country dominated by men is incredible. It leaves you to wonder though how many other nujoods there are out there but that don't have a happy ending.

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Jun 23, 2016

I am Nujood age 10 and divorced was an inspiring story for little kids who is forcing to weed at a young age. Nujood was a simple village girl who lives in a farm with her family. She has siblings and parents. The issue is that her family was poor and they couldn't afford it due to a lot of family and her father was drug addicted. Nujood's father decided to give a consent for a 30 years old man to weed his 10 years old daughter. She was subjected and married with a 30 years old man. on the other hand, the father made a contract with Nujood husband not to do anything to her until she grows up. Then the husband agreed and took Nujood to his place. In her husbands house, Nujood was facing many challenges. Namely, She was raped by her husband, which means the contract was broken.Her mother-in-law always encourages her son to do any abuse actions at Nujood which proves she was careless and unemotional. Next, Nujood decided to get a divorce from her husband. All she could do was she went to the court and talked several lawyers. Most of them did not accepted her a divorce request. They thought she was crazy because she was too young. However, one a woman lawyer understood her struggle. Finally Nujood got a divorce because of her perseverance and wise decisions. This shows she has power.

Oct 23, 2012

Biography of a Yemeni girl from a poor family. At age 10 she is married off as second wife to a man in his thirties. Abused, she goes to the courthouse and demands to see a judge and be given a divorce. Nujood does find a judge who listens, a female lawyer who takes and wins her case, and her story becomes known around the world.

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