DailyTelegraph.com.au Translation by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute)
An 11-year-old Yemeni girl who escaped her parents and an arranged marriage has taken to the Internet to declare: “I’m not an item for sale.”
In an eloquent monologue posted on YouTube, Nada Al-Ahdals says she fled to her uncle’s house when her parents attempted to force her into marrying an older man for money.
“I would have had no life, no education,” she says in the video, dated July 8, 2013. “Don’t they have any compassion?”
“I’m better off dead. I’d rather die.”
In an interview with National Yemen, Al-Ahdals says she wants to continue her education.
“I have many dreams, I don’t want to be married now,” she says.
Al-Ahdals, who is one of eight children, accuses her mother of arranging her marriage marriage for profit.
“But I’m not an item for sale,” she says. “I’m a human being and I would rather die than get married at this age.”
Al-Ahdals says other children in her situation have turned to suicide.
“Some children decided to throw themselves into the sea, they’re dead now. They have killed our dreams, they have killed everything inside us. There’s nothing left. There is no upbringing.
“This is criminal, this is simply criminal.”
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