At the age of eleven, Nada al-Ahdal was thrust into the international spotlight when she ran away from home to escape a forced marriage. Today, the eighteen-year-old continues to fight for girls in the Middle East.

Nada al-Ahdal in a 2019 photoshoot.

By all standards, Nada al-Ahdal was a normal child from a normal family. She was born in early 2002 in Zabid, a hot, arid city adjacent to the Red Sea in Western Yemen. Nada’s father worked as a blacksmith while her mother cared for her and her seven siblings. Nada was musically gifted and participated in a small girls’ choir, occasionally performing for local…

Meghana Krishna


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