The internationally bestselling true story of the remarkable ten-year-old Yemeni girl who dared to defy her country’s most archaic traditions by fighting for a divorce.
“I’m a simple village girl whose family had to move to the capital, and I have always obeyed the orders of the men in my family. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today, I have decided to say no.”
Uplifting and impossible to put down, this is a true story of the ten-year old girl who won a divorce from the man she was forced to marry, courageously defying both Yemeni customs and her own family. Nujood’s childhood came to an abrupt end when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband’s hands, beginning with the very first night of her married life, and ending the day she slipped away during an errand. Instead of going to the market to buy bread, she took a taxi to the court building.
That was the beginning of her odyssey. With the help of a woman lawyer, Chadha Nasser, NGO’s and the local press, Nujood finally obtained her freedom, an extraordinary achievement in Yemen, where there is a conspiracy of silence about the fact that almost half the girls are married under the legal age. Since her victory, Nujood has given other young girls the courage to stand up to their society’s customs. Written with childlike simplicity and penetrating honesty, ME, NUJOOD is at once shocking and inspiring, disturbing and redemptive.
About The Author
Nujood Ali was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. A GLAMOUR woman of the year in 2008, she has been profiled in the NEW YORK TIMES, the LOS ANGELES TIMES, and TIME Magazine. She lives in Yemen. Delphine Minoui, a recipient of the Albert Londres Prize, has been covering Iran and the Middle East since 1997. She lives in Beirut.
Nujood Ali was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. Her fearlessness at the age of ten, and her success in court, spurred Yemeni lawmakers to raise the minimum age of marriage.
She has received plaudits from Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice but this book goes much deeper than the media coverage as well as featuring an updated epilogue about her life in Yemen today.
Minoui is a much awarded reporter who lives in Beirut.
"A powerful new autobiography...It's hard to imagine that there have been many younger divorcees -- or braver ones -- than a pint-size third grader named Nujood Ali."
--Nicholas Kristof, "New York Times
"Her case has brought international exposure to the archaic practice of robbing girls of their youth." Four [out of four] Stars
"an international icon of tenacity and courage"
"One of the greatest women I have ever seen . . . She set an example with her courage."
"This book took my breath away. It broke my heart but put it back together again with a renewed hope in the staggering power of the human spirit. What Nujood did to save her life was a miracle; that she did it as a ten-year-old child is, quite simply, astounding."
--Carolyn Jessop, author of ""Escape ""and ""Triumph
"Nujood and all other girls like her who are traded like objects deserve to be heard. This important book gives them a voice and sheds light on an ugly secret that has destroyed the lives of children for centuries."
--Marina Nemat, author of ""Prisoner of Tehran""
"Simple and straightforward in its telling, this is an informative and thoroughly engaging narrative"
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: March 2010
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.172