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"Since forever I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no"
on 14 February 2017
An interesting account of an ordinary ten-year old Yemeni girl whose father marries her off to a repulsive sounding thirty-year old - "I recognized him right away from that overpowering odour of cigarettes and khat".
Sent miles away to live with his family in a remote village, Nujood endures a couple of months of rapes and beatings before fleeing to the court, when on a visit to the capital, and seeking a divorce. Taken up by a lawyer and human rights groups, the end is a hopeful one, as Nujood is back with her family, attending school and able to help financially through royalties.
Sadly recent information shows that Nujood's father has used the money for his own ends and has married off her littlle sister, so glad I only bought a used copy!