Arab Girl Flees Forced Marriage, Talks About Her Ordeal In A Video

All over the world underage women are continually being sold into sexual slavery, and forced into marriages where they are beaten, abused and have their education, families and freedom torn away from them.

It’s sickening to think that in 2013 this is still happening. But we who live free lives should use our freedom and voices to create more awareness, and use our efforts to stop atrocities such as these.

For instance, the Taliban have been feared for so long, especially after what they orchestrated on September 11, 2001. But once young brave girl form Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by them for advocating education for girls, has stood up and essentially dumbfounded their efforts by continuing her plight. Wow!

It seems the younger generation of women have what it takes to be world changers, and aren’t as held back by social, religious and political stigma’s like generations before them.

Take Nada al-Ahdal, an 11-year-old from Sana’a, Yemen, who had been forced into marriage to an adult male not once, but twice. Her parents had arranged a couple of suitors. Nada was raised by her uncle who recognized her singing abilities and allowed her the chance at an education to learn English.

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When her uncle, Abdel Salam, heard about the arranged marriages he stepped in and took Nada away, as he wanted to give her the chance at a normal childhood and normal life. Thank goodness for amazing men who are supporters of the women in their lives!

Watching this video where Nada talks about her ordeal is a shocking reminder that there is much work to be done. To hear an 11-year old girl tell her mother in a video message that she would “rather kill herself” than be forced to marry is sad. Nada goes on to say how angry she is at her mother, “who would do this to their own child?” she says.

Let this be a reminder to be thankful for all the freedoms we have today as women in the world, and to take action for those sisters around the world who’s freedom is literally a matter of life and death. Thank you Abdel Salem for giving this beautiful, intelligent and passionate girl a chance at a life where she can speak on behalf of many other Arab women.

 

9 Comments

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  2. Thank you for posting this story. It’s disgusting what is happening to so many young women; being treated like pure commodities. Nada is an inspiration.

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