Family on the Street

Millions of people from all over the world come to Saudi Arabia every year during the Hajj, the religious pilgrimage that all able-bodied Muslims are required to perform at least once in their lives. Many come from other countries and never leave, in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families. Since the recent Hajj, I have noticed many African families sitting around on various street corners. This family has a large red carpet spread out on the sidewalk for them to sit on. They are on a busy street in a business section. I personally don’t know their situation, whether they have lodging or a male family member who is looking after them. All the families that I have seen like this have an adult female or two, several children who are well-behaved and quiet, and no male in sight.

About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Family on the Street

  1. Hazel says:

    I appreciate learning something new about muslim culture from your post today. Thanks.

  2. Pathfinder says:

    The Saudi Arabian government is having a hard time with them because most of the pilgrimages they destroy their passport and when the Saudi government catch them and depart them to their countries, their countries refuses them because they have no identity. It is a big issue here and there are huge number of them.

  3. Chiara says:

    How sad. It makes one wonder what they were leaving, and what they think will be in a better future in Saudi Arabia. Most of the children look school-aged…enough said.

  4. Dina says:

    And no one deports them?

  5. diane garwood says:

    I was amazed, when I was there, at how many of the beggers were women….as in almost all of them I think. What a difference from this country (USA) where they are usually men. My friends told me that alot of the women are brought to Saudi for the sole purpose of begging to bring money in for the men that brought them there. Kind of a new take on prostitution, I guess.

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