FaceOf: Reham Afandi, Saudi breast cancer survivor and Zumba instructor

Reham Afandi
Updated 29 October 2018
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FaceOf: Reham Afandi, Saudi breast cancer survivor and Zumba instructor

  • Reham Afandi's journey with breast cancer has been a story of hope, bravery and faith for Saudi women
  • She encourages other women diagnosed with cancer to deal with the situation with a positive frame of mind

Reham Afandi is a Saudi breast cancer survivor and a Zumba instructor since 2013. 

Afandi is a 34-year-old mother of two, and a Zumba coach, based in Jeddah. Her journey with breast cancer has been a story of hope, bravery and faith for Saudi women. 

Afandi began sharing her recovery story with other women through motivational speeches and by supporting and participating in awareness campaigns and events in Jeddah city. She has been interviewed several times by Saudi newspapers, radio, and TV channels. 

Before being diagnosed with cancer, Afandi did not have any health issues. One day, however, she felt a lump in her breast. She visited her doctor who after a biopsy revealed she had cancer and would have to receive chemotherapy and a radical mastectomy, which meant the complete removal of her affected breast. The doctor also informed Afandi that there was a possibility that she might lose her other breast as well. 

In an interview with Sayidaty program on Rotana channel, she said: “I was extremely shocked ... but I had to convince myself that everything shall pass. I had to be strong and fight through for the sake of my children, I live for them.” 

For Afandi, Zumba training was her source of hope, strength to fight through the painful experience. She stresses the importance of psychological support and encouragement, and that according to her, begins from the inside, from one’s heart.  

She encourages other women diagnosed with cancer to deal with the situation with a positive frame of mind. 

Afandi is a licensed Zumba instructor. She is licensed to teach different types of Zumba classes including high-intensity workout classes, as well as Zumba for young children.  


King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

Updated 20 September 2019

King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Xi told King Salman that China condemned the attacks on Aramco oil facilities that took place on Sept. 14 and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation. 

He added that the attack is a “serious violation of the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” and that China stands with the Kingdom.

The Chinese president also thanked King Salman for the positive measures Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.