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Khadija al-Salami, a Yemeni Child Bride Who Became a Diplomat

Khadija al-Salami, a Yemeni Child Bride Who Became a Diplomat

“I felt strongly - even at that age - that with an education I could become anybody and do anything I wanted,” writes Yemeni film director Khadija al-Salami in her book The Tears of Sheba. At the age of 11, she was married off to an older man, but freed herself from her shame-fearing conservative family and landed herself a job as diplomat in France.