Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men by Souad

By Souad

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

Souad used to be a 17-year-old lady residing in a small village in Jordan while she had the misfortune of falling in love--an emotion that might result in an unspeakable act of violence and a life of exile from her place of birth. With a formative years marked by way of difficult exertions and actual abuse by the hands of her father, who's humiliated by means of the start of many daughters and just one son, Souad is desirous to depart domestic. Enticed right into a courting 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 relations, Souad faces the one applicable punishment: loss of life. 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 fireplace, her dramatic break out from Jordan, and her get to the bottom of to construct a brand new existence for herself is a story of heartbreaking drama and memorable braveness.

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She gave him other children, fortunately sons. We were proud of him, we loved him so much, even if he frightened us. What I don’t understand is that I adored my brother as much as I hated my father, although in the end they were very alike. If I had gotten married in my village, and had given birth to girls, Assad might have been given the order to strangle one of my daughters. I would have acted like all the other women and would have submitted without revolting. It’s unbearable to think and say such a thing here in my other life, but there, that’s the way it is.

Under the long dress we wore the saroual, which are long baggy pants that are gray or white. Worn beneath these was a pair of underpants that were cut big like shorts and that reached above the stomach. All my sisters dressed like this, too. Women usually did not wear shoes, except sometimes married women, so we were barefoot all the time. My mother was often dressed in black. My father wore a white saroual, plus a long shirt and the traditional red-and-white head scarf. My father! I can see him sitting under a tree on the ground in front of our house, his cane nearby.

There was a lot of land around our house that was full of vegetables we had planted: squash, cauliflower, and tomatoes. Our garden was separated from the garden of the neighboring house by a low wall that was possible to step over, although none of us ever did. Being closed in was normal. It would never have occurred to any of the girls of the house to cross this symbolic barrier. To go where? Once in the village or on the road, a girl all alone would very quickly be spotted and her reputation and the family’s honor would be destroyed.

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