“I am real and I am here”

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On Oct 25, 2017 World Citizens For Saudi Women posted a video of 22-year-old Amna AlJuaid pleading for us to help her make her story be known. “I thought a hundred times before I make this video, as proof of my existence. I believe that something very bad is going to happen to me very soon, from my father. I have no protection. The government is criminalizing me, because I left home. You get jailed and lashed for that, if a woman leaves her family home, even if they were abusers.”

On Amna’s YouTube account of the same day, she posted a video in Arabic, with English subtitles, in which she says, “I am recording this video today, because it might be the last video in my life. For you to know I’m real, and I’m here. My father Mohammed Aljauid is the one behind my suffering. My voice has to come out through you.” She requests us to ask her father on Twitter, @AbuAzooz511, “What did you do to Amna?”

The Facebook page reports, “Amna contacted our account on instagram a month ago with her story and we talked to her, but she didnt want it posted back then…. When this video went viral today on twitter we realized its her!”
Amna continues, “I tried to leave outside the country. But I was caught, and sent back to Saudi Arabia. My uncle threatened he was going to kill me as soon as I get back to Saudi Arabia. But I was lucky enough to leave the house before anything bad could happen to me from my father and uncle. My father took all my papers. I couldn’t apply for any of my documents because of the guardianship system. My father is hoping he can find me and kill me, and was actually chasing me when I left home.”

The latest news from Amna’s friends is that she has been arrested and placed in prison in Dar Al Reaya, Saudi Arabia. #dinaali and #saveamna are just two young women among many who suffer for merely wanting to keep their own human dignity and life. Find Amna’s story on Twitter @saveamnaaljuaid and Step Feed. #endmaleguardianship #FreeAmnah #Hope4Women #IslamisTheProblem

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