Monday, June 1, 2009

SOLD and without mercy

Normally when I'm about to go back to Libya I will make sure I have something to kill my time when I'm free be it books, movies or drama series. So this time I equipped myself with books since I don't have so much time (ewahh macam busy sangat kat umah..actually busy jage Emir) to download any movie. I brought along with 4 books and I want to share with you guys two of them. These two books really caught my attention and my motherly feeling towards my kid.

SOLD by Zana Muhsen

The first book is recommended by one of my friend. A book by Zana Muhsen is based on through story. Whole story is about a fifteen year old Zana Muhsen and her younger sister Nadia were living a normal teenage in Birmingham in a Muslim family. One day their strict father told them that they would be going on a six week holiday to the Yemen where they would experience white sandy beaches and camel racing. So, when she arrived with her father's friend, she was told that she and Nadia had been sold by their father into illegal marriages with two boys who lived in their village. Their lives turned into nightmares when they suddenly had to endure beatings, rape and childbirth at a very young age. Their in-laws forced the girls to write letters to their mother telling them that they were having wonderful holiday, but she soon found out why they were really in the Yemen. Somehow the girls got in touch with journalist Eileen MacDonald, who interviewed them and took photographs of the girls in their hostile environment. Their mother also got in touch with the authorities in the Yemen, who agreed that both marriages were illegal. Unfortunately, only Zana was able to escape and return to worldwide fame, and Nadia is still in the Yeman. However, Zana promised to try every possible way to remove her sister from her imprisonment.

Without Mercy by Miriam Ali

The continuation of 'Sold' is 'Without Mercy'. This book is written by Zana's mother. This book, by a loving mother telling each struggle she went through in finding her daughters. Although Zana managed to escape from the brutality in Yemen, there was still Nadia and her grandchildren. Miriam stood firm in her decision to seek help from as many parties as possible to rescue Nadia from her misery. Miriam showed her love through the ferocious struggle she made in the battles against modern slavery. This is a true first-hand story of how a mother fought, the anguish she was in and the tormented and awkward situations she had to face. Of course, these battles also offended many parties, including her ex-husband, the father of her two daughters who were sold to Yemen as child-brides. Then, the men who did the same to their children, the government officials and so on. Despites all these, Miriam never gave up.

After finish reading these two books, I felt so mad and angry with the father yang sanggup jual anak and yang lebih memalukan that he's MUSLIM. This man sangat memalukan umat Islam with his attitude. As a mother point of view, I think Miriam is very tough mother. I'm really proud after what she had done to get her daughters back.


ayu said...

Hi Mira,its me Ayu skb.. not sure whether u know me or not coz never talk to u before.. huhu..

A book entitled A child called it, the lost boy & a man named dave is also based on true story. Its about a boy that was hated by his own mother. He was mentally and physically abused by his mother.. Kesian.. Im just read the book halfway.. hehehe.. my fren want her book back..

*teruskan menulis..:) sharing is caring..
sorry my english tunggang langgang..

miralatiff said...

ayu:I love reading any book that based on true story especially anything that related to me as a mom. a wife and a daughter..sometimes we feel like life is not fair to us..buku2 macam ni buat kite sedar yg kite kene bersyukur dgn ape yang kite ade..

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