The mother of Saudi princesses, Alanoud Alfayez, who is 57 now, called on Obama to help free her four adult daughters she says have been held in a Saudi royal palace against their will for over a decade. She has lived in London since Abdullah divorced her in 2003 and said her ex-husband’s treatment of their daughters has worsened lately after 13 years in confinement.
‘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’.
The princesses revealed how security has been tightened since they went public with their story two weeks ago and they are no longer even allowed to travel with armed guards for food, as they had been previously, in an exclusive interview with Channel 4 News to be aired at 7pm tonight.
They spoke to Channel 4 via Skype and blamed the King for their current 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.’