Helping child brides break free

July 29, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

“When I got married I was scared,” remembers 10-year-old Nujood Ali. “I didn’t want to leave my family and siblings.”

At an age when girls in the West still play with dolls, Nujood found herself married to a man three times her age. But in her home country of Yemen — a deeply conservative Middle East Muslim nation — this situation isn’t uncommon.

Yemeni lawyer Shada Nasser had long opposed the practice of early marriage when, in April 2008, she got a chance to do something about it.

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