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By Souad

The 1st precise account ever released via a sufferer of an "honor crime," this surprising, relocating, and harrowing story has already develop into a global sensation.

Souad used to be a 17-year-old lady dwelling in a small village in Jordan whilst she had the misfortune of falling in love--an emotion that might bring about an unspeakable act of violence and a life of exile from her place of origin. With a formative years marked by way of difficult exertions and actual abuse by the hands of her father, who's humiliated by way of the start of many daughters and just one son, Souad is eager to depart domestic. Enticed right into a dating with a good-looking neighbor, her short-lived romance leaves her pregnant. Forbidden to marry till her older sisters locate husbands and having introduced disgrace to her family members, Souad faces the one applicable punishment: demise. How her relations plots to kill her, her harrowing fight to outlive burns over ninety% of her physique after her brother-in-law douses her with fuel and units her on hearth, her dramatic get away from Jordan, and her get to the bottom of to construct a brand new lifestyles for herself is a story of heartbreaking drama and memorable braveness.

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What I do is climb the stairs and pass through the rooms to get to the terrace. There I energetically shake a rug and look over the cement wall, just slightly glancing to the right. If somebody notices me from afar, they won’t guess that I’m looking down at the street. When I see him, I realize I am in love with this man and this car! I imagine many things on the terrace: I am married to him and, like today, I watch the car go off into the distance until I can’t see it anymore. But he’ll come back from work at sunset and I will remove his shoes, and on my knees I will wash his feet as my mother does for my father.

As we catch up with her, my mother greets her and we continue on our way together. This road is very narrow and difficult, full of holes, bumps, and stones. In places it rises steeply and the donkey has trouble advancing with his load. At one point he stops dead at the top of a slope before a big snake and refuses to go on. My mother strikes him and encourages him but he wants no part of it. Instead he tries to move back, his nose trembling with fear, like me. I detest snakes. And because the incline is really very steep, the crate starts to dislodge on his back and almost overturns.

He isn’t very rich but he has possessions. Our stone house is big, and is surrounded by a wall with a large door of gray iron. This door is the symbol of our captivity. Once we’re inside, it closes on us to prevent us from going out. You can enter by this door from the outside, but you cannot go out again. Is there a key or is it an automatic system? I remember my father and mother going out, but not us. My brother, on the other hand, is as free as the wind. He goes to the movies; he goes out and he comes back through this door, doing whatever he wants.

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