The following was found on my friend Jean Sasson’s blog page. I don’t completely believe all that is said in the news videos. I must state these women do not look as if they are being starved. But, the story is out there and I hope everyone will take a look and make their own decisions. To borrow a quote from Fox News, “We report, You decide.” My gut feeling is there is more to the story. It would not be the first time humans have used the media for their own gains. At this time I cannot prove these really are the daughters of King Abdullah. One of the reasons it is hard to prove is that pictures of women’s faces is forbidden in Saudi Arabia. There are a lot of human rights violations over there. It is a fact that women in the Middle East are not as free to do the things we take for granted. However, some of the women there think they are treated better than western women. I know that for a fact as I have talked to some of them. And no matter how much you talk to them, they still think they have it very good in Saudi Arabia.
I do believe in rights for women. I support my sisters in the Middle East who wish more freedom. The more of us who know the hardships there, the more we can do to support and help women all over the world who are oppressed and abused. It is happening everywhere, not just the Middle East. It happens here in the USA. At least our laws help women, these women don’t have the law on their side. The following is very important. Thank you, Jean, for your work on women’s rights.
“I’m hearing otherwise from someone in the know. I’m hearing that they are not starving although they are not allowed to travel. Also, the article says they haven’t had food or water in 30 days. Something bad is happening but they must be getting food or water as no one can live for 30 days without water although they can live without food. But without food for 30 days, they would be too weak to sit up and speak. The article is saying that they are saving bits and pieces of food, but if there is no food, where is the food coming from. I am not saying that either say is being truthful or untruthful. And, I also believe that they should be able to leave and join their mother in the UK. Unless one is there though, it is very difficult to figure out exactly what is going on with conflicting reports. I do know that in SA, NO ONE, man or woman, can go public and say things that upset their guardians, in this case their father — I hate the guardian system in SA, which makes such things possible. I doubt seriously they are being denied food and water, but they are not allowed to travel. I don’t know if his brothers will carry on with this injustice or not as he is very old and no one lives forever. There is a great hatred between the two parties and neither one will give in. He has all the power, as ALL men have power over their women in SA. I’m waiting for further information…” spoken by Jean Sasson, author, The Princess Trilogy.
Princesses Speak Out
In an exclusive on-camera interview with Channel 4 News, we talk to Princesses Sahar and Jawaher, who say they have been held under effective house arrest, by their father, the king, for more than a decade.
Princesses Sahar and Jawaher are the daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. They say they have been held in the royal compound in Jeddah for the last 13 years, and their sisters Maha and Hala are also being held in separate villas. They claim they are not allowed to travel or leave their home.
If he does that to his own children, how do you think the rest of the country is? – Princess Jawaher
Princesses Sahar and Jawaher claim they have little communication outside of their gates – “no-one is allowed in or out.” They say the internet is their only window onto the world. Via Skype, they tell Channel 4 News they are “cut off, isolated… and alone” and that “our father, the king, is responsible.”
Their mother Alanoud Al Fayez, who is divorced from the king, first went public with their story two weeks ago, giving her first broadcast interview to Channel 4 News. Since that interview was broadcast, the princesses say restrictions on them have been tightened and they are no longer even allowed to make trips with armed guards for food, as they were previously.
They say food is now becoming scarce in their home, that they are desperate for the world to listen to their story and for someone to help.
Their only hope is that our report will make a difference, and that is why they wanted to broadcast this interview. Princess Sahar says: “This is a risk we’re taking, we’re happy to do it, we understand full well the repercussions, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Princess Sahar said to reporter Fatima Manji “why are we, grown women, held against our will? I believe we are now hostages.”
Her sister, Princess Jawaher, said: “If he does that to his own children, how do you think the rest of the country is?”
The Saudi embassy in London has so far only responded to these claims by saying “this is a private matter”.