Saudi Princesses Say They’ve Been Held in Forced Confinement by King for 13 Years

Treat women well, for they are [like] domestic animals with you and do not possess anything for themselves. (Al-Tabari, Vol. 9, pp. 112-113)
Saudi Princesses Say They’ve Been Held in Forced Confinement by King for 13 Years

Saudi Princesses Say They’ve Been Held in Forced Confinement by King for 13 Years

“We slowly watch each other fading into nothingness.”

They said that their sister Hala, 39, was being held alone in another villa and that “her mind is slipping away … that the life is being sucked out of her.”

According to the Times, a fourth sister, Maha, 41, is being held in another villa in the Jeddah compound.

The women claimed that they are unable to leave without the permission from one of their three half-brothers, including even going grocery shopping.

Sahar, one of the sisters who contacted the Times, said she had found a job as a bank teller, but that her father the king would not allow her to take a job.

“I tried to persuade him that it was a small women’s bank that dealt with university students’ accounts and that it was quite a decent place,” she said, but that “he ridiculed my efforts.”

Saudi law forbids women from driving and also requires women to obtain permission from a male relative before traveling.

The mother of the women, Alanoud Alfayez, is divorced from the king, whom she married at age 15, and lives in London. She has appealed to the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to help free her daughters, the paper reported.

“Hala’s condition deteriorates day by day and she is given no medical treatment, although there is a medical center in the palace. She suffers from serious anorexia and psychological problems. After two years without any contact with me, she was able to telephone me and told me she wanted to die,” Alfayez reportedly wrote to the U.N. agency.

The Times reported that the office said it would convey her letter to the U.N. rapporteur for violence against women.

Sahar told the paper that the king was displeased that his daughters had complained about poverty in Saudi Arabia and over their lifestyle not in keeping with the kingdom’s conservative Islamic traditions.

“We lived our lives openly and that is why they hated us,” Sahar said. “Our ‘vices,’ or lifestyle, was normal for youngsters.”

Britain’s Daily Mail reported that Abdullah has 38 children from his different wives.

The Sunday Times said it received no reply from the Saudi embassy regarding the women’s allegations.

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  1. I don’t usually post the Bible stuff here but somehow this reminds me of the antichrist and the beast. Emphasis and comment is mine…

    Daniel 11:37-38 37Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, NOR THE DESIRES OF WOMEN, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 38But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces (Jihad is war and all its strategies and tactics)

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