Pakistani woman who found Saudi dad after 35 years seeks aid

Pakistani woman who found Saudi dad after 35 years seeks aid
Updated 29 January 2016

Pakistani woman who found Saudi dad after 35 years seeks aid

Pakistani woman who found Saudi dad after 35 years seeks aid

JEDDAH: After a number of judicial hearings at the Civil Status Court in Makkah and a DNA test, a 35-year-old finally proved she was the daughter of a Saudi national.
Thirty-five years ago, a young Saudi married a Burmese girl who held a fake Pakistani passport, and together they had a child. Their marriage did not last long, and the wife left the Kingdom under unknown circumstances, taking the child with her before she could be registered with the Kingdom for her ID documents.
The wife’s travel brought suffering upon the child who later returned to the Kingdom with Pakistani documents, and bearing the name of the second husband of her mother as her father.
Speaking to a local publication, the woman named Maryam claimed she was told lies about her father and had been prevented from living with him. “My mother assured me her Pakistani husband was my father. But when my mother and her husband returned to the Kingdom, I was 20 and married to a Pakistani in the Kingdom. It was at this time that I discovered my mother’s husband was not my real father.”
Maryam asked her neighbors and relatives about this and found out the truth: Her mother divorced her Saudi father and left the Kingdom.
Today, she lives in the suburbs of Makkah with her two children, unprotected from the dangers of life. She demanded that authorities at least provide a decent house for her and her children.
“My father is in his 70s now; he can barely move and suffers a lot of financial difficulties. My documents will require time to be processed, which will delay any request for financial and social assistance from the authorities,” she said.
Maryam lives with her Pakistani husband and two children, and they rely on the help extended by charities, as her husband cannot work due to his illegal residency in the Kingdom.
Maryam hopes her suffering will end once she receives her identification documents and can work and provide for her family.