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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
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May 30, 12

Read in May, 2012

This is the remarkable story of a young girl forced to marry a much older man who abuses her and how she demands a divorce in a country not known for allowing women to have rights and make decisions. What Nujood did was both courageous and set an example for other children married off at a young age. Importantly, the book also looks at the culture of a society that allows this to happen. While Nujood's father is certainly not a particularly caring person, he too is a product of this culture and in a twisted way, makes a weak case for how he acted to protect his family and more importantly himself. This true story offers hope for a better future for other little girls of Nujood's age in Yemen. The hope is that education,leadership by such people as the Judge that granted the divorce, and the example set by Nujood will make those changes.

The title may turn people off and the style of writing of her co-author irritated many who reviewed this book. However, these are minor details when compared to the suffering and abuses suffered in cultures who not only allow but encourage child brides. When people hear of unexceptable and horrific behaviors they sometimes shift their focus onto things they can complain about as a way of avoiding the unpleasantness that is before them. Let's not lose sight of the real issue here.

This is a book worth reading.
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