11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Apparently Featured in Stunning Video Plea: I Prefer Suicide Over Arranged Marriage


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.

Nada explains that her mother’s sister was 14-years-old when she was married off. “She lasted one year with her husband, and she poured gasoline over herself and set herself on fire. She died. He would beat her with metal [chains]. He would get drunk. Would it make you happy to marry me off?!” she claims.
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