Hamda Fahad Jassem Al-Thani lived in the Middle East, in Qatar.
In 2001, she met the man she wished to marry.
His name was Sayed Saley.
He was 42 and he was divorced.
Hamda's father would not accept him.
So, Hamda and Sayed left the country.
They married secretly.
Several days later, Qatari security services found Hamda.
Reports say that the security men drugged her and put her on an airplane.
They told her to choose: prison, or home.
So she chose prison.
She spent twelve months in prison.
Then, she was moved to her parent's home.
Here, they locked her in one of their rooms for two years.
Amnesty International said that Hamda appealed to them for help.
I ask you to help end my suffering and to help me return to my husband.
I chose to marry this man.
This is one of my God-given rights.
And it is in the International Human Rights convention.
Amnesty wrote to the Qatari Human Rights Commission about the case.
As a member state of the UN, Qatar had agreed to observe and respect human rights.
The commission promised a "good outcome."
Amnesty then issued a worldwide appeal.
It asked people to write directly to the ruler of Qatar.
Finally, the appeal worked!
In October 2006, Hamda was able to join her husband.
Hamda thanked Amnesty for their appeal.