Enthusiasts "Not without my daughter": in Saudi Arabia, the ordeal of foreign mothers
A video of an Israeli journalist in Mecca arouses a controversy
© Delil Souleiman / AFP of Muslim pilgrims during the annual hajj pilgrimage to the great mosque of the holy city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, July 6 2022. An Israeli journalist created a controversy after the broadcast of a video that shows him to wander in the Saudi city of Mecca, the first holy place of Islam, prohibited from non-Muslims. Two days after its publication on Twitter, the video led to an avalanche of hostile reactions on social media on Wednesday July 20 in Saudi Arabia.
'Summer 2019, the American Carly Morris goes with her daughter in Saudi Arabia for a visit to the father of her child, a Saudi whom she is divorced. Three years later, the young woman is still blocked in the ultra -conservative kingdom.
like other foreigners who had children with Saudis, Carly Morris remains confronted with inextricable difficulties linked to inequalities between women and men in family law.
Mohamed bin Salmane visiting France: the return to grace of the Saudi crown prince on the international scene, in three stages
after Athens where he landed on Tuesday July 26, the Saudi crown prince will go to Paris on Thursday. This is the first visit to MBS Europe since the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. © provided by Franceinfo Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salmane is carrying out a tour in Europe this week. He arrived in Greece Tuesday July 26 for a two -day visit before a second stage in France, where he will be received Thursday at the Elysée by Emmanuel Macron.
shortly after the landing of the mother and her daughter in the Capital Ryad, the ex-husband confiscated their passports. He then started steps to transmit Saudi nationality to the girl, in order to prevent her from leaving.
Since then, Carly Morris has been trapped in an endless test linked to gender inequalities, like other foreigners who had children with Saudis.
After spending all of her savings, the 34 -year -old American was forced to borrow money and food to survive in a country whose legislation does not allow her to work.
"I will not leave without my daughter," she said by phone to AFP, her voice muffled by sobs.
Saudi Arabia: "Rehabilitating Mohammed Ben Salman opens the way to repression"
© Bandar Aljaloud/AP Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, on December 14, 2021 in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Saudi human rights activist within the Alqst organization, Lina al-athloul evokes the conviction to 34 years in prison of Salma al-Chehab, arrested and tried for having signed tweets in support of women's rights and political prisoners in the kingdom.
- "Absolute Authority" -
If the crown prince and de facto leader of Arabia, Mohammed bin Salmane, was applauded for having extended the rights of women, by allowing them to drive and softening the rules of guardianship, However, these reforms were accompanied by a violent repression against human rights activists.
The recent reforms have not prevented men from continuing to have the last word with regard to the family, "said AFP Hala Al-Dosari, Saudi and militant women's rights.
"The problem is that the absolute authority on children is given to the father and not to the mother," she adds.
The situation of Carly Morris is therefore "unfortunately not an isolated case", regrets for his part Bethany al-Haidari de la Human Rights Foundation, based in New York. "Many women and children find themselves trapped in Saudi Arabia in equally degrading conditions," she said to AFP.
34 years in prison for feminist tweets: the terrifying conviction of a Saudi student
the Saudi student Salma al-Chehab was sentenced to 34 years in prison for ... feminist tweets. Yet another distressing repression of women's rights. © Abaca Salma al-Chehab was sentenced to 34 years in prison ... for feminist tweets. Arrested in January 2021 at the Directorate General of Investigations, Salma al-Chehab is a young Saudi student, doctoral student at the British University of Leeds.
Carly Morris is also the subject of a Saudi investigation for "public order" and has been prohibited to travel, according to an electronic notification consulted by AFP.
The family of his ex-husband refused to comment on the case and the Saudi authorities did not respond to AFP requests.
The United States Embassy in Ryad assures AFP that it follows the case of Carly Morris "very closely" and that it is "in regular contact with it and with the Saudi government".
Two other Americans told AFP to have faced the same types of trouble.
- "Prisoner" -
Fatima, a 36 -year -old Egyptian, who uses a pseudonym for security reasons, describes himself as "prisoner" by her Saudi husband for 15 years.
This mother of three explains that she was completely marginalized after her husband took a second wife.
"I wanted to divorce and return to my country to raise my children there, but my husband only accepted condition that I go alone," she tells AFP in tears: "I will not give up never my children! "
Saudi Arabia recorded 150,000 unions in 2020, including 4,500 marriages between Saudis and foreigners, according to official statistics. The same year, 4,200 divorces were recorded among these mixed unions.
Among the foreigners married to Saudis, some make the choice to leave, like Madison Randolph, who felt "like a cage animal" with her husband who wanted to "control".
When she discovers that she is pregnant with her second child, she negotiates with her husband a one-month trip to the United States. But she never returned to the kingdom and left a nine -month -old son behind.
"It was a difficult decision", confides by phone to AFP this 23-year-old woman: "I wanted to save myself and the child I wore".
oil production: Saudi Arabia denies report by the Oilverbund Opec+ .
The Opec+ does not discuss decisions before their meetings, said the Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy Abdulasis Bin Salman, according to a declaration published on Monday, November 21. "The recent reduction of two million barrels per day through the Opec+ applies by the end of 2023, and we can take further measures if necessary to compensate for supply and demand through production cuts". © dpa A deep pump can be seen during the sunset.