Eight-Year-Old Seeks and is Granted Divorce

13May08

This past April in Yemen, an 8-year-old girl, Nojoud Mohammed Ali, filed for divorce two weeks after being forced to marry a 30-year-old man, ABC News reported. Arranged marriages are still common and accepted in Yemen, though the law states that that marrying age is 15.

Nojoud Mohammed Ali ran from her home to a court house after two consecutive weeks of sexual abuse and physical violence. She found a lawyer willing to work with her, and a divorce was granted. Mojoud is the youngest divorcee in the world; and one of the most courageous girls we’ve heard of.

—Thalia Aurinko-Mostow



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