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A Promise To Nadia: A true story of a British slave in the Yemen [Mass Market Paperback]

Zana Muhsen , Andrew Crofts
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7 Dec 2000

Ten years ago Zana Muhsen escaped from the life of slavery in the Yemen into which her father had sold her as a child bride, leaving behind her baby son, her sister Nadia, and Nadia's two small children. As she described so powerfully in her internationally bestselling book SOLD, Zana made a solemn vow to Nadia that she would do everything she possibly could to obtain their freedom as well.

A PROMISE TO NADIA will tell the extraordinary story of those ten years; of the family's lone campaign against the Yemeni authorities; of the refusal of their own government in London to help; and of the despair that forced them into a desperate deal with an unofficial military-style organisation specialising in the recovery of abducted children.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530551
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 10.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful, skilfully written account of a woman's struggle against a patriarchal, disgusting and contemptible practice that, unbelievably still happens today. (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)

[A] tragic, haunting story. (RTE GUIDE)

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*Moving true-life story of a young woman's 10-year attempt to free her abducted sister from Yemeni slavery.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson to us all! 30 Jun 2001
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Shocked, disgusted, frustrated, angry - I couldn't put this book down.It is very difficult for someone who has not been to the Yemen to understand the lifestyle and the brutality of the culture there, but through this book, Zana is fighting with every breath to ensure that Nadia is not forgotten. Her story of her struggles and battles with the British and Yemeni government makes for gripping reading, and her resolution not to give up should be a lesson to us all.A book well worth reading - if only to show us how lucky we are in the western world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving story. 18 Jan 2002
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I read the book with much interest as I had read Zana's other books, and I must say I loved it. I was very keen to learn of what was happening in their lives and what was happening with Nadia, it was a very moving story, all the struggles that Zana and her mother and her family where doing to try and get Nadia back home and they never gave up and still aren't giving up. I think it was a terrible thing that happened to the girls, how could a father sell his children to strangers, is beyond me and be treated the way there where by human beings, just treated like slaves, no mind of there own, can't say what they want to say, to be ruled by men like that is a terrible thing. I would love to read any further books on how things are going in their lives and if and when they ever get Nadia and her children home.I hope Zana and her family carry on their fight, before it's to late.
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I have read this book when staying in Yemen for half a year, together with "Without Mercy" written by Nadia's mother and "Sold" written by Nadia`sister. I have read the book during my first weeks in this beautiful country with people living their traditional lives-same as 500years ago. I had a chance to meet people from mountain villages near Tai`z, the region where Nadia still lives her unchosen deal. When "A Promise to Nadia" was released, a new campaign has run through The Yemen Times, a Yemenian paper in English.... After 6 months spent there, I would not believe a word of what Yemenian Officials say-which means I believe to Zana Muhsen. I believe her still more now, when I have seen all this with my own eyes. However, with this experience of mine, I think it is too late now to save Nadia who has six children back in Yemen and got used to Islamic way of life, but the mission of the book should be : international authorities should do all they can so that other girls with a similar deal could return back to their homeland, trying to break through Islamic rules-even if it seems impossible in fact. The book was a breath-taking reading with an unbelievably skilful depiction of the reality, more compelling than any reportage by a professional-because it IS A REAL HUMAN STORY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic 10 Jun 2004
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I couldn't put this book down. What those poor girls have been through and of course Nadia is still living the nightmare is nothing short of barbaric. The treatment of this family by the British Authorities is shameful, i don't think I have ever felt so angry and passionate about anything in my life. I only hope the next book will be about Nadia's freedom!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the justice?? 3 Jun 2003
I have read both SOLD and Promise to Nadia. Both stories were so touching and sad. I cannot believe after 20 or more years that Nadia is still stuck in Yemen. And no one can do anything? Zana and her mom have so much courage to keep trying to get her out. I only hope she will be freed. The real coward is their father who sold them both to begin with and then now marries another woman to start having kids. Doesn't the next wife know her kids will be sold too? Where is the justice? I only hope that Zana and her mom will be reunited with Nadia and her children some day and that Marcus will also be able to return home to Zana. What a touching ordeal and to not be able to do anything about it makes it all the worse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No happy ending for this Promise 1 Jan 2007
"A Promise to Nadia" is the heartbreaking sequal to the international best-seller "Sold" in which Zana Muhsen told her tear-jerking story of how she and her younger sister Nadia were sold as Yemeni brides and slaves by their evil father, and although after 8 horroendous years of torture and toil Zana escaped her life of torment, her story does not end there.

A Promise to Nadia charts Zanas struggles as she desperatly tries to rebuild her life in England. Having been forced to leave behind her baby boy in the Yemen in order to return home, Zana's heartbreak over her lost son is tangible. Despite the fact she now has a loving partner and three adorable children, her story does not have the happy ending she so richly deserves. While the family were moved out of the desolate Mokbana Mountains at the end of Sold, since Zana's depature, Nadia and her three children have been taken back to the Mountains where her life of slavery continues.

Zana's book tells the story of her family's desperate pleas to governments who refused to listen, red tape and foriegn beaurocracy, and racial abuse from some of the worlds most prominant leaders. Con men have ripped them off, Governments have ignored them, and organisations have made false promises that came to nothing. Nadia now has 6 children, despite the fact that Doctors warned her after the birth of her second child Tina that one more could kill her. Any one of these births, under primitive conditions with no Medical intervention could have killed her. She weighs under six stones, walks with a servere limp and her skin is ravaged by the heat. Anyone who read sold should read this book. The haunting images on the front cover of "Sold" and "APTN" is of Nadia.
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I love this book i have been looking for it for a long time although i had looked for it so glad i have it again thank you
Published 9 months ago by tracey j spinney
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed
I avidly read the previous book SOLD by the same author (some years ago) and was shocked that being sold into marriage and vitually being held captive in a foreign country could... Read more
Published 14 months ago by elldeetee
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
Excellent Read, Shocking and distressing at times. I really wish that zana or her mother would release another book with whats happened to them all since the last book
Published 15 months ago by Dubliner
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a harrowing story There was no problem with any part of this sale
I have now passed it on to spmeone else
Published 15 months ago by olivia
5.0 out of 5 stars a Promise To Nadia
Bought this for my wife as a follow up to a previous book, condition was exactly as decribed and proved to be a good read
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Michael John Epps
5.0 out of 5 stars Must rwad !!!!
A book for every british girl, superb Read. Gift it to every girl you know who is 15 year or over
Published 19 months ago by fahiza pervaz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Promise to nadia
TOP BOOK, heart breaking, addictive and open. The writer really opens her heart in this book. It really gives an open insite as to what occurs for others. I had a few tears. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by LindaLvsMick
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book which arrived on time in excellent condition
excellent book, very engrossing, which i enjoyed just as much as the previous ones. i am looking forward to the next!
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by entity56
4.0 out of 5 stars What's happened recently?
Nearly finished this. An interesting read. Don't seem to ever have read the first one - Stolen - which is strange as I grab these kind of books when I see them. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Eleanora
5.0 out of 5 stars A Promise To Nadia
So sad .This story depicts a true story of a girl ,who is so powerless to have any say in her life. 'shame and honour' are so important in this girl,s existence that she is... Read more
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