The Girl I talked about today

Nujood Ali was ten when she fled her abusive, much older husband and took a taxi to the courthouse in Sanaa, Yemen. The girl’s courageous act—and the landmark legal battle that ensued—turned her into an international heroine for women’s rights. Now divorced, she is back home with her family and attending school again.

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Up Next – Yemen

via Yemen police massacre 45 protesters | World news | The Guardian

At least 45 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded as security forces and plainclothes government loyalists opened fire on protesters trying to march through the capital, Sana’a.

The youngest and poorest of the Arab world, the country is being racked by protests just like Egypt and Libya.  At the center is Sana’a University, where over 100,000 people marched today after Friday prayers.  It seemed to be a mostly peaceful march, until soldiers and plainclothes police opened fire.

Yemen has a population of  24 million, and a growth rate of 2.6%.   Its GNI PPP per capita is 2,340.  The dictator has been in power for over 3 decades, and is not likely to be moved by protesters.

The intensification of force used against demonstrators has led to concern that protesters will retaliate, threatening the possibility of a broad war that could engulf the country.

“In Yemen, violence is almost always met with more violence. If the regime does not stop these crackdowns immediately then we will soon find ourselves in the throngs of a bloody civil war,” said Mohammed al-Faqih, professor of politics at Sana’a University.

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