With her incredibly courageous decision to flee her home to avoid being forced to marry a much older man, 11-year-old Nada al-Ahdal spoke out about her traumatic ordeal, resulting in this incredibly powerful video that has inspired people around the world.
According to Too Young To Wed, a project developed by the United Nations Population Fund, 1 out of 9 girls in developing countries will be married by the age 15 and if we do nothing, 142 million more girls will become child brides over the next 10 years. That’s nearly 4x the number of girls who attend school every day in North American and Western Europe combined.
When this little girl looks point blank into the camera and states that she’d be “better off dead” than marrying this man, it’s time for us to pay attention.
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