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    A 10-Year-Old Divorcée Takes Paris

    A 10-Year-Old Divorcée Takes Paris

    By Vivienne Walt / Paris

    In a dimly lit corner of a Paris bar a delighted young divorcée describes in a soft voice how she spent the day throwing snowballs for the first time in her life. That is not remarkable. This is: Nujood Ali is just 10 years old — and was, until recently, the youngest known divorced person in the world.
    Slender with thick hair and a shy smile, Ali made headlines in Yemen last April when she walked out on a man more than three times her age, to whom her father had married her off. It was an act driven by terror and despair. (See the top 10 crime stories of 2008.)
    Nujood's ordeal began last February, when the family gathered to celebrate her wedding to a motorcycle deliveryman in his 30s. She first set eyes on the groom when she took her marriage vows. After spending her wedding night with her parents and 15 brothers and sisters, Nujood was taken by her new husband to his family village, where, she says, he beat and raped her every night. After two nightmarish months he allowed her to visit her parents, who rebuffed her pleas to end the marriage.
    Nujood finally found her moment to escape one day, when her mother gave her a few pennies and sent her out to buy bread. Instead she took a bus to the center of the capital, Sanaa — a city of 3 million people — where she hailed a taxi and asked to be taken to the courthouse. She had never been inside a courtroom but had once seen one on television, she says, and knew it was a place where people went for help. There she sat silently on a bench, uncertain as to what to do, while crowds of people scurried past, scarcely glancing at the quiet child. It was only once the courthouse emptied during the lunch recess that the judge noticed her and asked why she was there. "I came for a divorce," she told him. Horrified, he took her to his house to play with his 8-year-old daughter, and granted the divorce two days later.
    Nujood's story might have ended there, had it not caught the attention of reporters from Sanaa's newspapers, then of jo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    A 10-Year-Old Divorcée Takes Paris

    By Vivienne Walt / Paris

    In a dimly lit corner of a Paris bar a delighted young divorcée describes in a soft voice how she spent the day throwing snowballs for the first time in her life. That is not remarkable. This is: Nujood Ali is just 10 years old — and was, until recently, the youngest known divorced person in the world.
    Slender with thick hair and a shy smile, Ali made headlines in Yemen last April courthouse emptied during the lunch recess that the judge noticed her and asked why she was there. "I came for a divorce," she told him. Horrified, he took her to his house to play with his 8-year-old daughter, and granted the divorce two days later.
    Nujood's story might have ended there, had it not caught the attention of reporters from Sanaa's newspapers, then of jo

    http://www.time.com/time/world/artic...876652,00.html
    It's a wonderful story, Max, the kind that reminds us of third world nightmares and miracles. Keep up the good work. You too, Nujood.
    "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
    J.B.S.Haldane

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juke_spin View Post
    It's a wonderful story, Max, the kind that reminds us of third world nightmares and miracles. Keep up the good work. You too, Nujood.
    Thank you, kindly

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