What Would Congress Say About This 11-Year-Old “Dreamer?”

FIERCE OPPONENT OF CHILD MARRIAGE LAUNCHES HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION, MAKES TELEVISION APPEARANCES IN THE ARAB WORLD

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 24, 2018) — The Clarion Project on Wednesday featured a 2013 video of a then-11-year-old Yemeni girl whose mother reportedly considered an offer to “marry her off” in a forced union with a 26-year-old man when she was still ten years old.

On July 22, 2013, Clarion posted the video, courtesy of Memri (Middle East Media Research Institute)-TV, of Nada Al-Ahdal, who fled to the home of her uncle at the time while decrying the Arab world’s indifference to young girls’ loss of “the innocence of childhood” through forced marriages.

“Don’t they have any compassion?” Nada asked rhetorically as she rapidly told her story to an unknown videographer, punctuating her commentary by directing the statement to her mother, “You’ve ruined my dreams.”

Nada’s sisters were reportedly married at the ages of 12 and 14, respectively.

Now recognized as a “human rights activist” and founder of an organization aimed at “protecting children’s rights,” 15-year-old Nada appeared on Yemeni television last March describing child marriage as “destroying the rights of girls.”

 

 

 

 

 

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