11 y.o. Yemeni girl flees home to avoid marriage: “I’d rather kill myself”

It’s a disturbing video. 11 year old Nada Al-Ahdal from Yemen talks about how she had to run away from home in order to avoid being married off by her parents.

“They told me that I am engaged, and that my fiance had already paid them money and brought the engagement ring. They said that I couldn’t leave, and even threatened to kill me if I went back to my uncle.”


It’s shocking how many times this little girl talks about killing herself. No one that young should have thoughts like that.

“I’m not an item for sale, I’m a human being and I would rather die than get married at this age.”

“Go ahead and marry me off. I’ll kill myself, just like that.”

“I decided that I have two choices; to leave or to die. So I chose the first.”

You can read more quotes from the video here.

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