READERS GUIDE. Introduction. Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters. “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. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced [Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui, Linda Coverdale] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “I’m a simple village.

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Omma does remember, however, being visited once by aand representative of an association called “family planning. More and more, I thought of Haifa, hoping she wouldn’t be married o like me. I have not replied, so the man tries again.

Most of the time she was melancholy and depressed; then, all of a sudden, she would burst into laughter that would revive her natural beauty, enhancing her big brown eyes and delicate features. It’s as if there were something dirty in me.

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The towels were gray and sge bad. I was forced to leave school during my second year, right before my life became a nightmare, and aside from my rst name, Nujood, I can’t write much, which really embarrasses me. One day, in all innocence, I had asked Omma–Mama–a question.

My dowry had been set atrials, a sum equivalent to dollars.

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Aba had never been able to nd full-time employment after losing his street-sweeper job, so we were always late with the rent, and the landlord regularly threatened to evict us. Reading this tragic story made me so grateful that I wasn’t born into that situation or that community.


Nujood Ali was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce, an event that she wrote about in the autobiography I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.

When I opened them again, the car was driving through an ocean of khat. Bab al-Yemen is truly a city within the city, a magical place where I loved to stroll around, holding Mona’s or Agd hand, feeling as if I were an explorer o on a mission.

I’ve had enough of suffering in silence. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: I tell myself it’s too late to turn back; the hardest part is over, and I have to go on.

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Omma, you’re too far away for me to call to you for help. His white shirt sets o his olive skin. I’ve always wanted to be like a sea turtle so that I could stick my head underwater. The women seem furious, as amm a tornado had just destroyed their houses. It can’t have been as easy as she makes it sound.

As for Dowla, my “aunt” and my father’s second wife, who is also one of his distant cousinsshe has five children. Since Nujood was younger than the legal age for marriage in Yemen, her father and husband were brought divocred on charges. The circumstances were most unusual: When women neighbors visited my mother-in-law, I heard them whispering among themselves, and sometimes they would point at me. And the birth lasted a good half day, in midsummer, in withering heat.


It was as if the whole world had landed on her shoulders. It was true that I hadn’t always been the good little girl he would have liked to have, but after all, isn’t getting into mischief part of being a child? With his green uniform, his weapon on his shoulder, wasn’t he supposed to ensure order and public safety?

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali

Nujood’s real name is Nujoom. It is a real story, with facts, which actually makes it a lot more horrible.

When she had gotten over her fright, she went out again to beg and wound up once more nose to nose with the police. Buying this book supports an abuser who is also arranging another child marriage, that of Nujood’s younger sister.

Also, the lack of laws that are created and enforced to prevent this from happening. Khat is illegal in the United States, but some people in immigrant communities compare it to coffee and support its important traditional role in social situations.