From Yemen to the UK: Noor's story of forced marriage and fleeing her home – podcast

Anushka Asthana talks to Noor*, 29, who escaped from Yemen when her existence used to be threatened on account of her paintings as a human rights campaigner specializing in ladies’ rights to schooling and the correct for kids to not be compelled into marriage. Noor used to be compelled into marriage on the age of 14, however later controlled to divorce her husband.

She travelled by myself with handiest smugglers and different determined migrants for corporate on a terrifying eight-month adventure to Britain. Noor used to be made up our minds to escape now not handiest as a result of her personal existence used to be in peril, but in addition within the hope of rescuing her 4 youngsters from the Yemen civil struggle as soon as she had reached protection, and since her youngsters’s lives can be in peril if she remained within the nation. She describes the devastating have an effect on of leaving them at the back of. Her oldest daughter is susceptible to kid marriage in Yemen, and she or he says time is working out to carry her youngsters to protection.

Anushka additionally talks to the Mum or dad’s Turkey and Center East correspondent, Bethan McKernan, who examines why Yemen has been described as one of the most worst puts on this planet to be a girl and the way extraordinary and courageous it’s for a lady from one of these nation to embark on this sort of adventure unaccompanied.

Our because of Fahd Al Mashehari, who’s a human rights activist, for his translation.

*Noor is a pseudonym.

A Yemeni woman called Noor. Photograph by Martin Godwin.

Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Mum or dad

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