Girl, 11, flees arranged marriage
A young girl’s astonishing story of escaping an arranged marriage.
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For many 11-year-old girls, life consists of an innocent, yet complex, world revolving between dolls, unicorn stickers, choosing clothes and shoes and maybe a small crush on a boy in class. For Nada al-Ahdal, life has been less innocent. Family pressure on her to be married off caused her to flee her home in Yemen, where a quarter of girls under the age of 15 are forced into arranged marriages. Here’s part of the Youtube introduction to her moving video:

“Upon learning that her mother was planning to marry her off, Nada al-Ahdal fled her small hometown in Yemen for the capital city of Sanaa. She sought refuge with her uncle, Abdel Salam al-Ahdal who had helped raise her. Nada was terrified of arranged marriage- her maternal aunt was married off at 14 and endured an abusive marriage for a year before she committed suicide. After discussions with the Yemeni family protection authorities, she is now allowed to stay with her uncle, ultimately with her parents' blessing.”

Watch this astonishing video as this brave girl stands up for her rights:

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