In Yemen an 8-year old girl is filing for divorce from her 50 year old "husband."
"Whenever I wanted to play in the yard he beat me and asked me to go to the bedroom with him."
Nujood Ali is a child in a very adult world. Nujood's father forced her to marry Faez Ali Thamer two months ago and since then she has suffered daily rape and beatings at her "husband's" hands. And she is refusing to take it anymore; after pleading with her reluctant mother, father, and extended family to help her leave the marriage, she filed for divorce, alone, from Thamer.
However, under Sharia law, which governs most Muslim nations, women can only divorce their husbands if he is, "infertile at the time of marriage; insane; or has leprosy or another contagious skin disease." Because of this, Nujood has no legal standing in Yemen courts. She will most likely lose her case.
I could not find any information on a minimum age for marriage in Yemen; there probably isn't one.
Nujood Ali is so incredibly brave. She has my greatest admiration and hopes. How can we, those so far from her world, help her and other child brides? Does anyone have any ideas?