Woman ends life at Makkah shelter

Updated 26 August 2015
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Woman ends life at Makkah shelter

JEDDAH: A young woman was found hanging from the ceiling of her room at a shelter in Makkah recently, triggering a debate on social media about conditions at such facilities.

A note, purportedly written by her, saying “I decided to die to escape hell” and circulated by activists on social sites such as Twitter, has created a stir, local media reported on Tuesday.
The woman reportedly took the extreme step following a quarrel with a number of female inmates in the Social Affairs Ministry shelter. She used a piece of cloth to commit suicide, the report said.
Cap. Fahd Al-Malki of the Makkah police was quoted as saying that the security authorities received information about the incident on Saturday evening. “The body was sent to a hospital morgue for further procedures.”
It may be mentioned here that a female inmate of a shelter in the Eastern Province had earlier talked about the “days of oppression and darkness experienced at the shelter. “Dying is more merciful than living in the shelter. Food, which is supposed to be the easiest thing to get, does not come easily.”
A worker at another shelter was quoted as saying by a local publication that some children suffer the worst kind of psychological and physical torture. “With my own eyes I saw a worker beating on a child not more than 13 years of age. The child was badly beaten and he just went to sit in his room, as if he was used to be humiliated and beaten.”


FaceOf: Homam Hashem, CEO of Saudi Arabia's Kafalah Fund

Homam Hashem
Updated 25 min 32 sec ago
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FaceOf: Homam Hashem, CEO of Saudi Arabia's Kafalah Fund

  • Hashem studied computer information systems, receiving his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1992
  • He began his career in 1993 as a systems analyst and programmer at the head office of the Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh

Homam Hashem is the chief executive officer at the Kafalah Fund, a financing guarantee program for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

On Saudi’s 88th National Day, Hashem elaborated on the importance of the Kafalah Fund and how supporting SMEs contributes to the economic reform of the Kingdom in accordance with Vision 2030. 

He said: “One of the main objectives of Vision 2030 is to increase the contribution of the SME private sector to 35 percent of GDP.” He pointed out that small and medium enterprises play an important role in raising financing opportunities and pave the ways to success.

Hashem studied computer information systems, receiving his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1992. He also holds a diploma in banking operation management from the Institute of Public Administration.

He began his career in 1993 as a systems analyst and programmer at the head office of the Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh. A year later, he joined Samba Financial Group as a credit MIS senior manager for four years before moving on to Al-Rajhi Bank to occupy another senior manager post.

Hashem then spent five years simultaneously working for the Arab National Bank as a cards credit cycle manager, and Visa as a risk adviser. From there, he became Al-Yusr Leasing and Financing’s chief operations officer from 2005 to 2013. 

In 2015, he served as chief operations officer at Tayseer Arabian Co. before returning to Al-Yusr as chief credit and collection director.

He served as a board member at Al-Farasha Financial Services and the engineering solutions company ATMATA.