The biggest fear of any non-Saudi mother of Saudi children is the potential that she might someday lose access to her children. Hands down.
Every wife of a Saudi that I personally know, whether in a happy marriage or not, has the what if in the back of her mind. What if he takes the children, what if he divorces me and kicks me out of the country, what if…what if…what if. This is, in part, what brought me to and keeps me in Saudi Arabia, to be frank.
There are no exit controls in the States. There is no documentation that needs to be shown for a child to travel out of the country with only one parent. There is no one at the airport who can stop it from happening. There is no list for the names of children or parents that will flag a possible abduction. Saudi fathers can easily get new passports and be out of the country before the mother knows anything about it. And once the children enter Saudi Arabia, they are Saudis first and only. The US government has no jurisdiction here in Saudi Arabia and they will not be able to help. This really does happen. It’s not common, but it happens. Because although it’s illegal, there’s nothing in place to stop it from happening.
Please watch the video, share with your friends, sign the petition. Help this mother. She needs all the help she can get. Pray for her and the others like her.
“My children were internationally abducted by their father on November 24th, 2013, during a scheduled, unsupervised visit, in violation of our custody agreement. Since then, I have been desperately seeking help in having them returned. In the US, I have spoken to the FBI, the State Department, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Representative Tom Marino, Senator Bob Casey, and it seems that nobody is capable of helping me. After attempting to contact the Saudi Embassy and the Saudi Consulate in New York every single day for 2 months, I did have a meeting with an individual in the Saudi Citizen Services section in New York on January 13th, who assured me that they would do anything possible to reunite me with my children. I have heard nothing since then, and repeated phone calls have not been returned or have revealed no information, despite the fact that the employees there seemed convinced that Majed had in fact broken Saudi laws in order to obtain the passports he needed to take the children. My hope now is to petition President Obama himself, who is traveling to Saudi Arabia at the end of March, to address the fact that Saudi Arabia is a “safe haven” for parental kidnappers. Please share this video, along with the petition to bring this matter to the President’s attention. I need my children, and they need me. “
Local news story about Jessica’s situation: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/12/custody_kidnaping_saudi_arabia.html