True courage can only be revealed under the most tragic circumstances, as exemplified by the case of Nujood Ali of Yemen, who challenged her family, her culture, and a misogynist legal system by seeking a divorce from her abusive husband, whom she was forced to marry when she was only 10 years old. Now 12 years old, Nujood relates her shocking story with the help of journalist Delphine Minoui, telling how she was forced to marry a man three times her age who had promised not to consummate the marriage until she became an adult. He broke that promise on their wedding night, initiating a vicious cycle of ****** and abuse which is all-too-common in a land where laws against child brides existed, but until recently were rarely enforced. Nujood had little idea how hopeless her cause was, even after she somehow managed to seek asylum at the local courthouse, but luckily she was discovered by a compassionate lawyer whose sympathy quickly turned into passion as they fought for her legal freedom. Nujood won her case, and became an international symbol for change, helping to enact a new commitment to enforcing laws against child brides throughout the Middle East.
- Biography + Autobiography, Social Science
- Sociology / Marriage + Family, Islamic Studies, General, Personal Memoirs
- Three Rivers Pr
- March 13, 2013
- March 2, 2010
- Nujood Ali