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Sold: One woman's true account of modern slavery [Paperback]

Zana Muhsen , Andrew Crofts
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7 Oct 2010
Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin. When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in North Yemen, she jumped at the chance. Aged 15 and 13 respectively, Zana and her sister discovered that they had been literally sold into marriage, and that on their arrival they were virtually prisoners. They had to adapt to a completely alien way of life, with no running water, dung-plastered walls, frequent beatings, and the ordeal of childbirth on bare floors with only old women in attendance. After eight years of misery and humiliation Zana succeeded in escaping, but her sister is still there, and it seems likely that she will now never leave the country where she has spent more than half her life. This is an updated edition of Zana's account of her experiences.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751543985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543988
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fascinating story. (SOUTH WALES ECHO) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A moving and harrowing story of British girl forced into marriage in Yemen.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sold-by thier father 8 Sep 2006
This is a story about to girls sold by their father too young boys from villages in the Yemen or possibly an arrangement done between the fathers of the two boys and the girls' father.

THe girls thought they were going on holiday with Mohammed and his dad. Originally it was planned that only Nadia goes to see the Yemen for a break from everything that happen to her in the UK over the months. Then Zana the older protective sister felt that she should accompany her sister to protect her incase something happened to her.

Thier father had arranged marriages for these girls. Nadia got married to Mohammed. She realised she was married when she reached the Yemen. Zana was married to another boy who was her dad's friends' son. Fake marriege certiificate were drawn up without the girls and their mother being aware of this. The fathers passed the girls as married without the girls saying I do three times (which is islam law for marriages). They were forced to live with husbands that were not really husbands).

The girls were left to doing daily chores as cooking, bring water daily from te wells (which were miles away from where they lived), cleaning, etc, while the rest of the families just watched them. Zana struggled more then Nadia as she was made to live with a husband that was a thin ill boy and she hated her father in-law.

Zana wanted to go home and Nadia too but not without her children. Therefore Zana decided to leave with the help of the UK press leaving behind a son. On the other hand Nadia stayed behid to be with her children.

This is a story of a mother and sister fighting to bring thier beloved Nadia home from her poor life in the Yemen and back where her family were.

This is a story about two sisters that were inseparable but had to live apart.

Countries such as the Yemen mix tradition, culture with religion and make their own law; which these girls had to live by.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book had me sold. 10 Mar 2007
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***Highly Recommended*** 1 Oct 2006
By sarah
This has to be one of the most moving and disturbing stories I have ever read. "SOLD" is about Zana Muhsen, a young 15 year old and her younger sister, Nadia 14, who lived in Birmingham. Their father tricked them into going to Yemen. They willingly went to Yemen thinking that they were going on a "holiday of a life time". But instead they were sold by their father and thrown into an illegal marriage. They were made slaves and used for sex.

This story tells us of a traumatic experience of two young girls and their mother's battle to free her children. I am actually appalled that the government allows this to happen and the way women are treated in remote villages. This book shows how people (MEN) can be so nave and to misunderstand the Quran and treat their women like slaves. This saddens me to think that this STILL happens.

This book is a good read and is highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 7 Mar 2006
By moazma
This book is very interesting and unbelievable that things like this can happen in a muslim country. How can religious men pass these two young girls as being wifes to those Yemen men without them saying 'they do' three times and how such comunities allow people to get away with this.
This book is gripping and encourages the reader to read on and on until the there is a happy ending. There is still no happy ending until Nadia is freed from the Yemen with her children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sold 27 Nov 2005
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'Sold' is an emotional story, my heart goes out to Zana and her sister Nadia for having to go through that all that ordeal. Its hard to believe that things like this happen, let alone are still happening. Things that the two sisters went through, was unbelievable yet terrible. It really opened up my eyes. This book was a great and compelling read......each page as gripping as the last.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horrific story
Read it while on a bus to work.
Horrific story about two sisters who went through so much pain in their lives.
Everyone should read it.
Published 1 month ago by Aldona Mazurek
5.0 out of 5 stars Just reordered this
Lost my last copy - and this is a book I can re - read many times. This is such a shocking story about how arabic men treat their women, an it is well written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by alliemac
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
This is a brilliant book I was caught up in it as soon as I picked it up I am now passing it around all of my friends and family
Published 3 months ago by Abbie
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
i didnt put the book down and read it in to days i truely felt for the famaliy to have to endure such cruelty i know to an extent of how cruel life is from my childhood and father... Read more
Published 5 months ago by julie mills
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read
I cannot believe that a father could do this to his daughters. The follow up by the mother of these girls is so good also.
Published 6 months ago by Gember
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed cultures
I have read this book in another language ages ago, and now I would like to read it in English.
Published 10 months ago by Alicja
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book i read it so quick, i have read both zanas...
Why cant all books be like this,i am so very happy with these books as i said in my review of zanas mothers book, i only wish that an up to date story would come out.
Published 12 months ago by Dubliner
4.0 out of 5 stars sold
I read this book very quickly and wasshocked that all this could happen in the present day. The style is not great literature but I imagine the ghost writer tried to keep the way... Read more
Published 12 months ago by janetmoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Sold
The wife loves this book. She loaned her original copy out and never got it back so this has kept her happy.
Published 12 months ago by MR G KELLY
5.0 out of 5 stars A very determined lady
Riveting, gripping, unputdownable. Thank goodness Zana Muhsen won out in the end. This is one of the best books I've
ever read and very well told indeed.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Audrey Popadich
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