Woman in Traffic

Woman in traffic
Woman in traffic

This African woman dressed in her home country’s traditional clothing crosses a Jeddah street amidst many cars coming from every direction.  She pushes a baby stroller, sans baby, loaded with various items she has picked up along the way.  Many Muslims from poor African countries enter Saudi Arabia on a Hajj or Omra visa (for the pilgrimage to Makkah), and then they just stay in the country.  The men from these countries are generally able to find work as day laborers.  However since women in general are not allowed to work here, many of these poor African women either forage through garbage dumpsters looking for useful, saleable, or recyclable items, or end up begging on the streets.  

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Woman in Traffic

  1. Pingback: Poverty « JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL

  2. Hi Tina – Congratulations on your new baby daughter!
    And thanks so much for your kind words – you made my day!

  3. tina says:

    AA Susie,

    Since having the baby, Mosh’Allah she”ll be 3 months this week, I don’t get much time to chat on my fav blogs but I so enjoy just stopping in on your blog to see your fabulous pics!!! You are extremely talented, Mosh’Allah. I especially enjoy this pic and the one of the ‘floating bananas” My husband is from Chad and the women here in America wear the ‘African dress’ and it puts a smile on my face to see they wear it in Saudia too! Since I don’t speak Arabic I”m not able to speak to my husbands female relatives in Saudia and I was always curious if they wore the ‘African dress’ in Saudia or wore the abaya. Thanks!!!

  4. Hi Tash –
    Glad you found my blog and that you actually like it! Thanks for visiting.

    Hi Elaine –
    You are so right. Many of these women sew, making prayer outfits for women for sale. They set up shop right outside other stores on the sidewalks. It’s hard to imagine though that the lives they left behind in Africa were worse than what they have now.

  5. Elaine says:

    Independent women are an oxymoron in SA, it seems. This woman is brave in traffic, and brave in life. She’s holding her head high.

  6. tash says:

    Very dumb of me not to have discovered your blog earlier. What I’ve scanned so far has been interesting, entertaining and beautifully photographed. Great perspective on a place not well known in US.

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