News Brief 10/20/2013, Cheshvan 16, 5774
Child 'Runaway Bride' Speaks Out: 'I Fled Ignorance'
Yemeni girl Nada Al-Ahdal, 11, made international news when she fled an arranged marriage at the age of just 10, despite objections from both of her parents. Al-Ahdal appeared in an emotional video calling forced child marriage “simply criminal,” and telling her parents, “I’m done with you, you ruined my dreams.”
Now Al-Ahdal has made another appearance, this time facing off against a Muslim cleric on Lebanese TV in a segment translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).