I know that you’ve heard me griping in the past about how women are restricted and denied all sorts of privileges here, but here’s an example of how men and youth are also restricted. In many malls here in Saudi Arabia, males who are not accompanied by female family members can be kicked out of shopping malls. I happened to witness a roundup of young men and boys by security guards in this popular mall. Dozens of them were being thrown out of the mall. It is done as a precautionary measure to prevent any type of trouble from occurring. Ok, I get it – but what else is there for these young men to do? Saudi Arabia sorely lacks activities to keep young men occupied and out of trouble. As a result, they turn to the streets, where they drive dangerously, spray graffiti all over the cities, and God knows what else. And there is just not much for families to do together here either, other than going to the mall, and that gets old real fast. Ok, you won’t hear me say this very often, so here goes – POOR BOYS!
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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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