This sight is all too common here in Jeddah. Many religious pilgrims come to Saudi Arabia from very poor countries to visit the holy cities of Islam and never return to their homelands. They are actually in the country of Saudi Arabia illegally since they have overstayed their visas. It’s hard to believe that a humble existence of walking through the streets in search of food or anything discarded that is usable or saleable might be better than the life they left behind in their own destitute countries. Many women like this one come from poor African countries and walk the streets daily, filling up their baby strollers with items they can use themselves or might be able to sell. At least men in her same position are able to find work as hard laborers. Some women sell goods on the sidewalks outside popular shops, while others simply end up begging for money. I don’t know what type of facilities these people live in and I doubt that there is an accurate count of how many of them might be in the country, but from what I see, there are many.
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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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