|ZEMIRA ELI NATAN|
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Photo Courtesy of Ruby Akhtar
Ruby Akthar is a Pakistani Jewish woman whose exp experience is not uncommon for Jewish women from Muslim countries. She was forced to marry a man nany years older than her, raped at the age of 12 years. She hid under the protection of Christians to escape being killed in Pakistan. Her documents were forged declaring her age to be 17 years old as her parents forced her into this marriage when she was but only a child. It is beyond emotional when listening to her account. Many years went by before Ruby was able to reveal her secrets to the world. Truly a Woman of Valor as Ruby continues to explain incedents that still effect her in the present . IUFE is honored to present this incredible story of one Jewish woman's journey through heartbreak, emotional and physical abuse and and her struggle just to survive her own existence. Ruby Akthar is currently actively engaged in protecting victims of such attrocities through her NGO's based in tbe United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.