Sunday, 16 November 2008


I re-read once more this morning about Nujood Ali who was sold by her father to a man three times her age in Yemen. When no one would help her, she went to court to seek a divorce. This young woman saved herself and now has saved others by her courage. She is now ten years old. She is amazing.

"All I want now is to finish my education," she told the LA Times. "I want to be a lawyer.
"I want to defend oppressed people. I want to be like Shada. I want to be an example for the other girls."
Nujood's trials, and trial, turned the spotlight on to child marriages in Yemen, where the legal ago of consent is 15 but is often overruled by tribal customs and interpretations of Islam.
Several child brides came forward with their cases, some seeking divorces as well

So, I have to ask myself, and others, why are we whining over the petty trivialities of our lives? Most of us will never understand what it is like to be oppressed, to have no rights or know what it is like to live in that kind of fear. I admire her greatly.

Glamour editor-in-chief Cindy Leive marvelled "How Nujood got the courage to do that at the age of nine, I'll never know".
"Sometimes you feel like some people are born to change the world," Ms Leive said. "When I met her, I thought, 'You're one of them'.",23739,24656103-954,00.html
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?