Today on CNN.com there is a story of a girl in Yemen named Nujood Ali who was has already been married and divorced by the age of 10. Nujood's parents married her off to a man three times her age but claims Nujood's husband promised not to touch her until she was 20...ummm... I'm finding that a little hard to believe.
Nujood was raped and beaten by her husband. She begged her parents to help her but they said there was nothing they could do since she now belonged to her husband. (Let me repeat that : "she now BELONGED to her husband")
One day while visiting her parents Nujood escaped to the central courthouse and demanded to speak to a judge. She told the judge she was married and desperately needed a divorce to which the judge responded, "You're married?"
Nujood's husband and father were jailed before the hearing to ensure they would appear in court. She was given a human rights lawyer and was granted her divorce.
Nujood was returned to her parents (yes, she was returned to the people that enslaved her) and her husband was not prosecuted - instead he was COMPENSATED! Yep that's right Nujood had to pay HIM over $200.
Nujood now says she doesn't go out and play because she is ridiculed by neighbors and family members because they believe she shouldn't have challenged the system. Apparently this happens all the time in Yemen.
Not surprisingly Nujood said she will never marry again.
Obviously a witty response to this tragic news story wouldn't be appropriate (not that I could even fathom a response). All I can say is next time you're having a bad day and someone cuts you off in traffic or messes up your Starbucks coffee order just be glad you live in a culture that give you many opportunities that other cultures don't have.
10 year old bride