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This is a fascinating story. (SOUTH WALES ECHO)
Aged 15 and 13 respectively, Zana Muhsen and her sister left Birmingham to visit relatives in North Yemen, but discovered that their father had sold them into marriage. Unlike her sister, Zana managed to escape, and this is her account of eight years of misery and humiliation.See all Product description
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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.
I even googled the author after reading the book - her sister didn't get a chance to escape from her enforced marriage yet. Se has several children with a husband who abuses her. Really shocking, sad story. Loved the book which was easy to read. Perfect for holiday reading.
Totally addictive read I didn't want to put it down!
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