We were living rather happily, to the rhythm of the sun. It was a simple life, but peaceful, without electricity or running water” I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui
Initial Thoughts: Now that I am a young adult, I have begun to feel a self-imposed responsibility to learn about how the world works. It is not that I have been turning a blind eye to the world around me. Rather, I found myself shuddering at the events in the news without really trying to understand WHY these things occur. And so, I ended up challenging myself to read more non-fiction books. A year ago, I would have said “non-fiction books are so boring.” Some of them are. But… many aren’t, and they can make you appreciate the life you have. This is one of such books.
In 2008, ten-year-old Nujood Ali shocked the world when she demanded for a divorce from her husband. Nujood, a young girl from Yemen was married to a man three times her age and was repeatedly physically and sexually abused. With the help of a skilled lawyer and the media, Nujood’s case was taken to court. After a grueling court battle, Nujood eventually won her freedom and became one of the youngest divorcées in the world
About the Book
Title: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced (original French title: Moi Nujood, 10 ans, divorcée)
Author: Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui
Translated: Linda Coverdale
Year Published: 2009
Genres & Subjects: Non-fiction, Yemen, Child Brides, Divorce, Autobiography
I am Nujood, Age 10, and Divorced is a true story about a little girl who had enough courage to say no. Nujood Ali was born in Yemen in the countryside. After a family tragedy, she and her family moved to the capital of Yemen where the family barely made ends meet. To save her family from poverty, Nujood’s father sold her to an older man of thirty years who promised not to touch her until a year after she reached puberty. Once Nujood was married, her husband repeatedly abused her both physically and sexually. Two months into her marriage, she returned home briefly for a visit. She ran away to plead her case to the courts, and eventually won a divorce at age 10.