What gives an eleven year-old girl the strength to stand up and insist that the norms in her society are wrong? Nada al-Ahdal, raised by an uncle in Yemen, was actually forced to return to her parent’s house to marry her father’s friend. For impoverished families in Yemen, this is a source of income. In an article in the U.K. Daily Mail Nada explains “But I’m not an item for sale.”
Sadly, most Muslims in the Middle East see girls and women as property, “items for sale”, as Nada discloses. This is hard to watch and even harder to believe. Nada ends her interview with a wish that an organization be set up to help Muslim girls who can’t help themselves. She hopes that it will protect these young girls from all abuse they are exposed to and not just being sold as child brides.
Since it’s naive to believe that the Middle East, Muslim world would be influenced by such an organization, it’s probably better to create an organization to help all of the Muslim girls escape to more enlightened cultures. In Middle East region that would be Israel.