Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Divorcee, age 10, launches book about shocking Muslim child bride ordeal

A schoolgirl who was married by the age of eight today launched a new book about her extraordinary ordeal.

Nojoud Ali, now aged 10, is in Paris promoting an autobiography which is set to be a worldwide bestseller.

British publishers are already queuing up for the rights to a story which has been taken up by women’s rights groups worldwide.

Last year a court in Yemen annulled Nojoud’s arranged marriage to a 29-year-old man.

The minimum age for marriage is currently 15 years-old in the country, but parents are allowed to overrule the law if they judge that their daughter is ‘ready’ for marriage.

Noujoud’s strict Muslim family had decided she was, forcing her to go and live with Faez Ali Thameur.

The pair did consummate the marriage, it is claimed.

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, is notorious for its child brides.

Noujoud’s unemployed father, Mohammad Ali Al-Ahdal, told the court he felt obliged to marry off his daughter after receiving repeated threats from the would-be husband and his entourage.

He said was frightened because his oldest daughter had been kidnapped several years earlier and had been forced to marry her abductor.

Noujoud said she was also regularly beaten by her husband. Shatha Nasser, Noujoud’s lawyer, said: ‘Child brides are common in parts of Yemen, but this case received wider attention because it reached court.’

Now Nojoud and her eight year-old sister Hifa are able to go to school thanks to financial donations from human rights activists.

Her case was also taken up by politicians including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and the actress Nicole Kidman.

Visiting Pantin, a suburb of Paris yesterday, Nojoud said: ‘Now I want to return to school so as to become a lawyer and help other girls like me.’

‘Me, Nojoud, 10, divorcee’ is published by Michel Lafon.

From: The Daily Mail


  1. Anonymous9:20 AM

    I have a feeling that it would be ppl like you (who are against Islam) who wrote it and published it under her name who happens to be just 10 years old. ;-)

  2. Anonymous2:11 PM

    Most of these people are not actually Muslims but hiding behind religion so nobody can question when they fulfill their sick fantasies by legalising child marriage.

    The "fact" that Aisha was a minor when Prophet Mohamed married her is actually a myth -- a distortion of history by Wahhaabees who like to have sex with children. Also a distortion of Hadith by the Wahhaabees.

    Wahhaabees are the single most eminent threat to humanity and everybody should be discouraged from it. If Anni keeps on allowing Adaalath to spread Wahhabism, we have no choice but to vote out Anni in the Parliamentary elections and then impeach him.

    The real Islam is altogether something different. If only people like Dhivehi Christian engaged in making people aware of the real Islam rather than engage in Islam-bashing because the religion has been hijacked by the sicko Wahhaabees, the world and Maldives will be a nicer place.

  3. Anonymous12:49 AM

    If only people like the anonymous above engaged in making Muslims aware of "the real Islam" rather than engage in bashing Dhivehi Christian and others who expose the the sicko things that are done in the name of Allah, Mohamed and Islam, the world and Maldives will be a nicer place.

  4. Anonymous8:19 AM

    First anonymous idiot,
    So you have a "feeling" that the problem is with "ppl like you (who are against Islam)"?
    Yeah..they "wrote it and published it under her name"..
    So could they exploit a poor 10yr old who was married the same as Prophet Mohammed.

    Idiot anonymous! Can't you see the crime is the rape of the child?

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