Zana Muhsen and her younger sister Nadia were thrilled when they learned that their father had paid for them to go on the trip of a life time. Faraway from their native Birmingham, they'd have two blissfull weeks of Sea, sand, and spectacular views in their fathers native Yemeni homeland. Due to legal discrepancies concerning the then 14 year old Nadia, Zana, 15 went on ahead of her little sister. Expecting blissful views, bare-back dessert camel rides and tropical seas - what she got was the shock of her life. On arriving in the desolate far away land Zana discovered to her horror that her father had literally sold herself and her sister into marriage and that, unable to warn her sister of her impending doom, they were now helplessly trapped! Spirited away deep into the deselate mountains of the Mokbana region where they found themselves well beyond all outside help, the two sisters were forced to endure life in terrible peasant conditions.Outwardly forced to become good Yemeni wives, behind closed doors the sisters were subjected to the horror of rape, frequent beatings and the terrifying ordeal of Child Birth in the raw with no pain relief or hospital care.
It took eight long torturous years for Zana to escape her life of hell, but when she touched back down on to English soil the world was desperate to hear her story. An now here it is, finally, in her own words. This is a remarkable true story of one families fight against red tape, racism and beaurocracy. It is a story that has left nations divided, a family torn apart and forced two cultures to clash head long into each other.
Sadly, though there is no happy-ever-after to this book. Zana may have finally made it home, but her story does not have a happy ending. Sadly, Nadia did not manage to escape, and Zana was forced to leave her baby son behind. (Her story is continued in 'A Promise To Nadia')
This story is utterly unbelievable, how one person can be so callous and unappologetic as their father, selling his own flesh and blood into a live of slavery for his own evil gains. But while this book is a painful read and tremendously tear-jerking, when you have finished it really makes you appreciate how lucky you are to live in a civilization where you have free-will and equal rights. It really shows you the other side of life, the power of hope, love and belief and above all the strength of the human spirit.