First of all, sorry for the poor quality of the photo, but in all this time of trying to capture a scene such as this, this is actually the best I have been able to catch in fast moving traffic and nighttime conditions. So let me point out what this image contains and hopefully you’ll be able to make it out for yourself. It’s a red car in heavy traffic in the lane next to us. The driver is a Saudi man wearing the red and white checked scarf on his head, held in place by the black cording. And sitting on the driver’s lap while he’s driving is a small child of no more than two or three. This is not an unusual sight here in Saudi Arabia, by any means. It is all too common. I hate to use the word never, but I have never seen a Saudi child buckled up here or in a car seat since I’ve been here. I have seen plenty of children hanging out the windows, or bouncing about the inside of the car, or sitting on the laps of their fathers or mothers in the front seat (mom and dad are never buckled up either), or standing up in the front seat with their little heads inches from the windshield. To read more about this dangerous phenomenon here in Saudi Arabia, I direct you to American Bedu’s recent post called The Saudi Airbag.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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