When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to ...
|Scooped by Yoanna Avramova|
A 17 year old girl
named “Souad” fell in love with a boy in her village. She was born
between 1957 and 1958 and raised in a small West Bank village. A normal age
for a girl to get married Is at 14 or 15 and every girl had to be married
off in order. Her sister was still not married by the age of 16 and a guy
next door kept asking Souad's father for her hand in marriage. Once she
knew about this guy she started falling in love with him. She would stare
at him when he would leave for work and she would watch him come home. She
dreamed of great things with this man. She imagined a world of
“freedom”. Women were looked very much down on and were not treated
as equals. A women could not leave the house without her man and if she was
married she couldn’t even look people on the streets in the eyes. She ended
up engaging in premarital relations with the guy next door which was a sin.
Once her family found out, they were furious. While she was outside doing
laundry her brother came behind and poured gasoline on her and then set her
on fire. Everyone in the village was okay with it because she sinned. A
couple of village women found her and rushed her to the hospital. After
that day her life changed for ever. She was saved. She now shares her story
of what happened to her because she is not the only woman abused.