Woman ends life at Makkah shelter

Updated 26 August 2015

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.”


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 10 min 37 sec ago

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”