Book Paper: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
“I want a divorce,” is a quote from the book I Am Nujood, aged 10 and Divorced written by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui. This book is about a young girl who was forced into marriage, abused, and fought for her rights in Yemen when she was only 10 years of age. I chose this book because it was recommended to me by a friend who read it for an assignment she did for a global geography course. She said that it was very interesting and informative. I like reading books that are non-fiction but also have a good story to it. Woman’s rights are very important to me because I think it is wrong for a group of people, in this case males, to have more authority and privilege over others when they do not necessarily deserve it. In this book, Nujood gives insight on poverty, marriage, female rights, and family problems in Yemen.
Summarizing of Main Events
There are four main events that were discussed in this book that I thought were very important and were necessary to be discussed. The main points include poverty, family issues, female rights and marriage. All of these points cause conflict throughout the novel however they all tie together at the end to create some peace for young Nujood, her sister, and all the other young girls and people Nujood’s story has affected. This novel is story about real conflicts happening in the world and they have been happening for a very long time. In the past people have seen them as more acceptable but in today’s society people care about the well-being of others and fairness to people therefore it is a great conflict. The following paragraphs will discuss these points in greater detail. The first main issue I would like to discuss is poverty. Nujood belonged to a family with many children. Her father had two wives, the first was her mother who had 16 children and his second was her Auntie Dowla who had 5. He refused to work leaving his children responsible to earn money and find food to feed the family. They would beg on the streets for money and food and sell the few items that they had. As there were so many children and it was very hard for the whole family to be fed. As the family is so poor, it relates to why Nujood’s father wished for her to be married. In regards to marriage, it mainly touches the level of safety and security needs. Nujood was abused and she was uncomfortable with the situation. She was put into many situations that she did not want to be in. Throughout the whole book, people discuss how the prophet Mohammed married Aisha when she was 9 years old so it is meant for young girls to be married and sold to their husbands. Nujood’s sister Mona and Auntie Dowla disagreed with selling Nujood as they believed she was too young, but her father and the rest of her family agreed to sell her for the equivalent of $750. As Nujood was so young, she made her husband agree that he would not touch her until she was older and she was comfortable. As soon as she arrived at her new home, her mother-in-law encouraged her husband to hit her and make advances upon her. Nujood did not agree to this marriage so she went to her family and complained so her Auntie gave her money to go see the judge. At the court, she was taken in by one of the judges and her story was heard. Shada Nasser, a woman’s right lawyer, took up her case and helped her get through her issues. With her success, Nujood got a divorce and was able to attend school happily. Family Problems is another important problem that occurred numerously throughout the novel. This event relates to the issue of marriage due to her family pressuring her into the marriage and not letting her make her own decisions. As the majority of her family thought it was acceptable to have an arranged marriage for Nujood, especially Nujood’s father, she was forced to leave the unsupportive family to join another family of abuse and hatred. It also relates to the poverty section...