We are cut off, isolated and alone’: Imprisoned Saudi princesses blame their father King Abdullah as their mother calls on Obama to help free them
- Alanoud AlFayez, 57, appealed to Obama on Thursday as he prepares to visit Saudi Arabia and King Abdullah
- AlFayez was once married to the king but fled to London after he divorced her in 2003
- The women and their mother say they’re being starved and physically and psychologically abused
Two Saudi Princesses who claim to have been imprisoned by their father for 13 years have told how they are ‘cut off, isolated and alone’ after their mother called on President Obama to help set them free.
Princesses Sahar, 42, and Jawaher, 38, whose mother is divorced from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, say they are effectively being held under house arrest in the royal compound in Jeddah.
They claim they are not allowed to travel or even leave their home and that the internet is their only window onto the world.
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Prisoners: Princesses Sahar and Jawaher said they are, in effect, being held under house arrest in the royal compound in Jeddah
In an exclusive interview with Channel 4 News, the princesses told how security has been tightened since they went public with their story two weeks ago and they are no longer even allowed to make trips with armed guards for food, as they had been previously.
Speaking to Channel 4 via Skype, they blamed the King for their situation and even claimed to be running out of food.
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.’
The Princesses say their sisters Maha and Hala are also being held in the Royal compound in separate villas.
Campaign: The women’s mother wanted Obama to raise her daughters’ plight during his visit to the King, above
It follows a plea from their mother Alanoud AlFayez, 57, to Obama for help freeing her four adult daughters she says have been held in a Saudi royal palace against their will for over a decade.
‘Mr Obama should take this opportunity to address these grave violations committed against my daughters,’ said AlFayez.
AlFayez, who has lived in London since Abdullah divorced her in 2003, said her ex-husband’s treatment of their daughters has worsened lately after 13 years in confinement.
She told AFP that their already rare trips outside to buy food and medicine for themselves and their pets have now stopped.
‘Since 13 years, my daughters Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher are being held captive,’ AlFayez said. ‘They need to be saved and released immediately.’
AlFayez has written to the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to say that her daughters are ‘imprisoned, held against their will, cut off from the world’.
Separated: Al Fayez fled to London and her daughters are being kept isolated from each other in the palace
Fall from grace: The King’s ex-wife Al Fayez with their four children who, as adults, say they are being held hostage
Red carpet: President Obama is greeted after arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia aboard Air Force One
President Obama talks to Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud after arriving at Rawdat Khurayim, the monarch’s desert camp 60 miles northeast of Riyadh
President Obama, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, are greeted upon their arrival at Rawdat al-Khraim Desert Camp for the meeting with the Saudi king
Obama paid a visit to Saudi King Abdullah’s desert oasis at the end of a weeklong, four-country trip.
The aging monarch has been nervously watching Washington’s negotiations with Iran and other U.S. policy developments in the Middle East. .
Sahar and Jawaher told the Sunday Times in an email that they were being kept alone in a house most of which is closed off as they have been left to fend for themselves with nobody to help them with the housework.
They did not reveal how they got access to internet.
‘We have no passports or ID, we are under house arrest, with little food left for ourselves and pets,’ Sahar, wrote to AFP.
‘On their orders, they have been literally starving us since last Wednesday. We are now living on one meal a day, leaving the little remaining meat for our pets and sipping little water in this heat, to save up. Our energy is quite low and we are trying our best to survive.’ she wrote.
Abdullah became king of Saudi Arabia in 2005. The oil-rich state is a key ally of the U.S. in the Middle East and its extensive royal family enjoy massive wealth, with the king one of the world’s richest men.
Outspoken: The princesses claim their father, King Abdullah, did not approve of them supporting women’s rights
Speaking out: Sahar is the eldest daughter and has somehow remained able to convey to the world the depraved state of human rights, especially against women, in Saudi Arabia
Ms Alfayez was only 15 years old when she married King Abdullah, who was then in his 40s, but he divorced her just over a decade later.
The king, who has 38 children by a number of wives, has placed his four daughters with Alfayez under the control of three of their half-brothers, according to Sahar.
Under Saudi law, girls and women are forbidden from travelling, conducting official business, or undergoing certain medical procedures without the express permission of their male guardians.
Sahar said that the sisters had enjoyed a pampered adolescence but that animosity towards her and her sisters had grown after they began to complain to their father about the poverty endured by most of the Saudi people.
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