“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”
I am Nujood, age 10 and Divorced is the story of Nujood Ali, a girl obliged to marry at a very young age to a man the triple of her age. The brave girl ends up saying no and running away, finding help in justice.
Even though the theme itself is quite heavy, the book turns out to be so well written that it fills its readers with hope instead of despair.
It is a very easy read and that catches your attention. You will want to continue reading in order to find out what happens to Nujood’s family.
One of its positives is how it portraits life in Yemen and lets the reader understand the context in which the action takes place, even though it is written from a child’s point of view. It is obvious that Delphine, the editor, helped a lot during the writing process.
I recommend reading this book and researching more about children marriage, not only in Yemen, since it still occurs all over the world. If you can, help fighting this tradition that is hurting so many children.
Yemen’s political situation is not the best as of March 2017 and I can’t help wondering what happened to Nujood since 2009. Hopefully she is able to protect other kids from a similar situation.