The 1st real account ever released by way of a sufferer of an "honor crime," this surprising, relocating, and harrowing story has already develop into a global sensation.
Souad was once a 17-year-old woman 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 birth. With a youth marked by means of challenging hard work and actual abuse by the hands of her father, who's humiliated via the delivery of many daughters and just one son, Souad is wanting to depart domestic. Enticed right into a courting with a good-looking neighbor, her short-lived romance leaves her pregnant. Forbidden to marry until eventually her older sisters locate husbands and having introduced disgrace to her relatives, Souad faces the single applicable punishment: demise. How her kinfolk 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 break out from Jordan, and her unravel to construct a brand new lifestyles for herself is a story of heartbreaking drama and noteworthy braveness.
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I knew there were cities farther away but I never saw them. I did not know if the earth was round or flat, and I had no idea of the world in general. What I did know was that we had to hate the Jews who had taken our land; my father called them pigs. We were forbidden to go near them, to speak or come in contact with them for fear of becoming a pig like them. I had to say my prayers at least twice a day. I recited them like my mother and sisters, but I only learned of the Koran in Europe many years later.
My father shouted: “You fool! You see what you’ve done? You picked a green tomato! ” He struck me and then he crushed the tomato over my head and the seeds fell on me. ” He crammed it into my mouth and he rubbed my face with the rest of the tomato. I’d thought that an unripe tomato might be eaten, but it was acid, very bitter, and smelled bad. I was forced to swallow it. I couldn’t eat anything after that because my stomach was upset. But he pushed my head into my plate and made me eat my meal, almost like a dog.
You had to bring even this tea tray to the men of the family with your head down, looking only at your feet, with back bent, and in silence. You don’t speak. You only speak in answer to a question. At noon, it’s sugared rice, vegetables with chicken or mutton, and always bread. In my father’s house, the garden gives us almost everything we need for food. And we do everything ourselves. My father buys only sugar, salt, and tea. There is always food to eat; the family lacks nothing for meals. In the morning I make tea for the girls, I pour a little olive oil onto a plate, with olives on the side, and I heat the water in a basin on the coals of the bread oven.