Four Saudi Princesses who say they are being held captive by the Saudi Arabian authorities have taken to the Internet and social media to beg for help from the outside.
The Saudi Princesses — Maha, Hala, Sahar and Jawaher — are the children of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and his former wife, Princess Alanoud Al Fayez, who now lives in London. The Saudi Princesses have told British media outlets that they have been confined to the Saudi royal family’s compound in the city of Jeddah for more than a decade, GlobalVoicesOnline notes.
Two of the Saudi princesses and their mother have complained via Twitter (TWTR) that they are being held captive because they spoke out in favor of women’s rights in the Saudi kingdom.
One of the Saudi princesses recently tweeted a picture of the compound in which they are being held, showing the deteriorating conditions of the the building. “We live amidst ruins,” she tweeted.
The story of the imprisoned Saudi princesses has caused a sensation online, with advocates for the Saudi princesses using Twitter to exchange information with them.
Their mother has turned to the United Nations for assistance in winning their freedom.