Half the Sky


Nicholas Kristof

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Ellaha is an inmate at the prison Rana oversees. She refused an arranged marriage with her cousin, and instead pursued a career and planned to move to Canada for a university scholarship. When Ellaha’s sister also refused to marry a cousin, their family viciously beat them both for days. The sisters eventually fled, then were jailed at the prison in order to protect them from their own family.
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Ellaha Character Timeline in Half the Sky

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Chapter 9
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...empowered to build a career, and thinks that girls who have lost hymens deserve punishment. Ellaha is one young inmate for whom being in jail is safer than being free. When... (full context)