It was part of the culture, and was thought to keep girls from getting wild, and making them more attractive to a potential husband. This husband might be a relative, or an older man, not of the girl's choosing. Her Mother marries her off to a cousin, who brutalized her. By escaping him, she saved her own life.
This is a harrowing story, but one that should be told. Countless girls are abused in such a manner, under the mantle of "culture". By speaking out, Soraya Mire risked everything, but she continues to speak out about the worst form of child abuse I can imagine for a young girl. Her bravery is an inspiration, as she battles the men of her country, and the women who follow them like sheep to slaughter. While it is hard to change a culture, I hope it is not impossible. All women should read this book! Most of us will count ourselves lucky.
I received this book from NetGalley for review.