Video of an 11-year-old girl apparently from Yemen making an impassioned and articulate online plea to her parents to stop pressuring her into an arranged marriage is gaining international attention. In the video posted earlier this month on YouTube that has now been translated from Arabic by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the beautiful, brown-eyed Nada Al-Ahdal blasts her parents whom she calls “criminal” and says she would rather die than be married off and throw her life away at such a young age.
TheBlaze cannot verify the authenticity of the girl’s story, but since MEMRI posted the translation of her video on Sunday, it has been viewed more than two million times. In the video, she says she ran away to live with an uncle to flee her parents’ matrimonial plans for her. “I filed a complaint with the police against my mother. I told them that I am only 11 years old and she wants to marry me off,” the girl says while riding in a vehicle along with a companion filming most likely on a smartphone. “I would have had no life, no education. Don’t they have any compassion? What kind of upbringing did they get?” she asks. “I’m better off dead. I’d rather die. I’d rather live with my uncle than with these people. They threatened to kill me if I went to my uncle. What kind of people threaten their children like that?” Nada asks. “Would it make you happy to marry me off against my will? Go ahead and marry me off. I’ll kill myself, just like that. I won’t go back to live with them. I won’t. They have killed our dreams. They have killed everything inside us. There’s nothing left. This is no upbringing. This is criminal, simply criminal,” she adds.