Saudi father urged to help son in Guatemala

Updated 02 February 2016

Saudi father urged to help son in Guatemala

RIYADH: A Guatemalan woman has appealed to the Saudi father of their three-year-old son to meet his responsibilities and sign documents that would allow the little boy to attend school and travel.

Mandre Chang, the mother of Sami, said that his father had signed a document acknowledging paternity, but now needs to do his duty by sorting out other documentation.
In an interview with Arab News, Chang said she has to pay a fine of $10 a day because the boy does not have legal documents to attend school in Guatemala. He also cannot get dual citizenship without his father’s permission.
Chang met the Saudi citizen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when they were students in Minnesota in the United States in 2011. They had a relationship, which he later called off, said Chang.
Chang said that she had contacted the Saudi Embassy and explained her situation. She was referred to a lawyer and was able to contact Sami’s father’s family in the Kingdom through social media.
It was then arranged for DNA samples to be taken from Sami to determine whether he was their relative. Chang said she complied and the samples were sent through to Riyadh. Sami’s father then signed a document acknowledging he was the father.
“I am trying to provide the best for my son. I don’t want money or anything else from his father, other than his signature to finalize my son’s legal documents. It is not fair that Sami has to suffer because of his father’s mistakes. He is destroying his life. My son deserves to be free to travel and go to school,” she said.
Chang has highlighted her case on the website saudichildrenleftbehind.com, where she complained about the way she was treated. She was also interviewed on Sky News Arabia about her attempts to have the father of her son take up his responsibilities.


Saudi women get in the swing for golf glory

Though golf is a relatively new sport in the country, women have been encouraged to take up the game through new opportunities and support provided to them. (Supplied)
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Saudi women get in the swing for golf glory

  • Depending on location, players in the scheme will be designated as a Ladies First Member at either Riyadh Golf Club, Dirab Golf Club or King Abdullah Economic City’s Royal Greens Golf & Country Club

JEDDAH: Saudi women are breaking new barriers on the Kingdom’s golf greens, becoming acquainted with the sport and the benefits that come with it.
Though golf is a relatively new sport in the country, women have been encouraged to take up the game through new opportunities and support provided to them.
Golf continues to be a male-dominated sport. Despite women showing huge interest in the game, they are poorly represented in its ranks around the world.
A recently launched sporting initiative will allow women in the Kingdom to learn golf for free. The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, presented by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is a first for the Kingdom. Another project, Golf Saudi’s innovative “Ladies First Club,” will offer complimentary membership, including golf lessons, driving range access and full 18-hole rounds on three different courses.
The offer is open to all Saudi women, with initial membership capped at 1,000. Sarah Al-Arifi, a 26-year-old Saudi entrepreneur, told Arab News that she was excited about the prospect of a Saudi female golf club. Even though the sport is perceived as male dominated globally, sports development is progressing rapidly in the Kingdom and is becoming inclusive, Al-Arifi said. She said the new projects will be “empowering.”
Al-Arifi highlighted the benefits of creating a community for every sport, not only golf, adding that from a consumer’s perspective, it promises to generate creativity.
“Having a community for a specific sport is not only important, it’s necessary because it drives competition and that’s much better for us as consumers. The obvious benefits of a community aside, as a consumer, I want there to be competition because it drives innovation and problem solving,” she said.
Depending on location, players in the scheme will be designated as a Ladies First Member at either Riyadh Golf Club, Dirab Golf Club or King Abdullah Economic City’s  Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
The Ladies First Club will officially launch during a tournament buildup for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF.
It will take place between Nov. 12 and 15, two days before the Saudi Ladies Team International, which will see teams of four golfers compete for $500,000 in prize money from Nov. 17 to 19.