We were stopped in at a red light and I spied this poor old woman walking on the divider in between the lanes of traffic. She is hoping that some passing cars may take pity on her and bestow a few riyals on her. Muslims from other countries enter Saudi Arabia on religious pilgrimage visas to visit Makkah. Many pilgrims from poor countries never leave in hopes of having a better life here than where they came from. No one really knows how many illegal over-stayers are here in Saudi Arabia, but it is well known that it has become an increasing problem every year. Many of the men are able to find work as hard laborers, however women have a much more difficult time finding work, so many women must resort to begging on the streets or dumpster diving for food or useful items that others have discarded. This forlorn looking woman with dry cracked heels was with another younger woman who carried a baby. I think they may have been from Yemen, but I’m not sure. The clickable links in the text take you to previous posts showing other poor Muslim women who walk the streets in search of food or money.
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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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