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The Child Bride

The Child Bride, de Cathy Glass

I knew from the start that Zeena’s story was going to be different. She was 14 and had asked to come into foster care. Although she was Asian she told the social worker she couldn’t live with an Asian family. She was petrified of something, but couldn’t tell anyone what.
She arrived at my house with a small suitcase packed by her mother, but when we opened it – I was going to help her unpack – she became upset and quickly closed the lid. She said the clothes weren’t hers. I thought nothing more of it, assuming her mother had made a mistake. When I eventually found out the true significance of these clothes I was absolutely horrified.
Zeena was a kind and polite child, but deeply troubled. Having been disowned by her family we were the only family she had. She missed her little brothers and sisters dreadfully, but her parents wouldn’t allow her to see them. When she tried, her father grabbed her, bundled her into his car and threatened to set her on fire. Zeena couldn’t take any more and broke down sobbing. She was finally able to tell me what had happened to her and I’ll never forget it.

Novamente Inglês…

Bem, já sabem que adoro esta escritora. Este livro foge um pouco à regra dela, pois não se trata de crianças problemáticas ou vindas de famílias pobres, mas sim de uma adolescente que devido à sua religião estava a ser “usada” pela família. Apesar de ter alguma ideia sobre o assunto nunca pensei que familias vivendo em paises “civilizados” ainda tivessem atitudes tão irreais como esta…


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