[ View the story "Yemeni girl's speech against child marriage goes viral" on Storify] Yemeni girl's speech against child marriage goes viral Eleven year-old says she escaped forced marriage by fleeing her parents.
The Stream· Tue, Jul 23 2013 11:41:27
11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home to Avoid Forced Marriage: I'd Rather Kill Myselfmemritvvideos
In a follow-up report by the pan-Arab television channel
, Nada's father pledged not to marry her off until she is 17-years old. He did not say what pushed him to change his mind.
قناة الميادين جمعت بين الأبنة والأب الذى تعهد بعدم تزويجها - ندى الأهدل - Nada Al-Ahdalعبدالجبار زياد
states that Nada will be living with her uncle, who has assumed full financial responsibility for her.
Though the story was reported by several Arab outlets, some focused on the organisation that uploaded the English version of Nada's video,
The Middle East Research Institute
(MEMRI). Based in the US and founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer, MEMRI has been
for selectively translating Arabic broadcasts and providing a consistently negative portrayal of Muslim countries.
Brought to you by <a href="
class="">MEMRI</a>, a privatly-funded pro Israeli/Military "research institute" that loves to smear the Arab world.Th3FashionP0lice
Taking back that Yemeni girl video bc apparently is a propaganda by an ex-mil Israeli and MEMRI hasn't translated properlyAfreeen Siddiqui
In the video, Nada mentions other children who are put in the same situation: "I managed to solve my problem, but some innocent children can't solve theirs, and they might die, commit suicide, or do whatever comes to mind... I'm not the only one. There are many cases like that."
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