I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

By Nujood Ali; Linda Coverdale (Translator); Delphine Minoui
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307589675, 188pp.)

Publication Date: March 2, 2010

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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.

About the Author

Linda Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honored with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.

Delphine Minoui, grand reporter au "Figaro", est specialiste du Moyen-Orient. Prix Albert Londres 2006 (pour ses reportages en Iran et en Irak), elle vit aujourd'hui a Beyrouth. Fin fevrier 2011, elle est l'une des premieres journalistes a entrer a Tripoli.
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