Sudan: Noura Hussein, accused for killing rapist husband, caused an international outcry

Noura Hussein, the Sudanese woman who was confident enough to kill her rapist husband four years ago, provoked an international outcry. She is disappointed that the government is not fulfilling their promise that it will support her.

During an interview after she came back from jail last year in 2021, Hussein, who was just 19 years old when she was sentenced to prison, said she felt disappointed by the people and the various organisations that had campaigned for her release and who had offered her support.

“I felt betrayed,” she said. Yes, they definitely helped me to get out of jail and easier sentence at the end, but they also gave me false promises in which they ensured that they would help in my education or to travel abroad, but none of that has happened.”

Hussein was condemned to death for deliberate murder in 2018 after stabbing her violent husband, whom she was forced to marry when she was 16.

Her confidence was revoked after an international campaign, backed by celebrities, including the model ‘Naomi Campbell’ supported by celebrities, including the model Naomi Campbell and actors Mira Sorvino, Emma Watson and Rose McGowan, as well as march by two UN agencies and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa. She was ultimately sentenced to manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.

Now she is out of jail, Hussein stated, offers to help with her studies and assist her in moving to France, where her relatives live, and they are not materialistic.

Hussein is basically from Gezira state, south of Khartoum, now lives in North Darfur, and last month she got married to her cousin who is doing a job as a market trader. As per her view that this relationship grew when she was in prison.

He always supported me in finishing school, taking my secondary education, and giving exams. He supported me to come out with my hurdles and helped in my studies so that I could succeed in my exams,” said Hussein.

Furthermore, she stated that doing married again, it was not at all in my plan, but nobody supported me in order to finish my studies, and I wanted to become a lawyer so that I could support many other girls who were suffering from prison. I felt responsible for them when I heard their stories and learned about their struggles.

“I wanted to have an association to help those girls to have a better life. They lost their youth behind bars.”

Although she got an opportunity to study at Sudan Open University when she was in prison, she could not be able to pay the fees. Her family lost everything after her conviction. She said her late husband family seized her parents land – an illegal but common practice in parts of Sudan to avenge murdered family members.

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