I got this email just a few minutes ago. I’m not usually the type to post forwarded messages on my blog as one cannot always verify the truth of those emails. But this one bothered me so much. How could not one help a fellow human being who is in need of medical assistance?! Does one have to think of race and color every time? How disappointing. I thought Saudi Arabia was beginning to be “civilized”. I grew up here and I have learned to love this place. Heck, I still work here! But hearing about situations like this just make me furious.
Can anyone please verify this? Thanks.
I had dinner at the Kingdom Compound on Thursday night with friends and thought that I would pass the details of this incident on, because I guess it is important that we should continue to keep our guard up and not be complacent about our surroundings, no matter how secure we think a particular place is. I heard it first hand, direct from one of the ladies who was very shaken by this experience.
Location: Main Entrance Mumlaka/Kingdom Tower
When: Less than 2 weeks ago.
Who: Ladies – Kingdom Compound Shopping Bus
The ladies were dropped off at the main entrance (not at the bottom of the steps), as the bus left the ramp and the ladies were gathering themselves to go inside, an expensive four wheel drive stopped at the main entrance. A youth hung out of the sun roof of the vehicle and pelted the ladies with rocks (not small stones or pebbles … very large rocks), as they threw the rocks they kept shouting “Get out of Arabia”. At least one of the ladies was hit badly with a great deal of blood streaming from her head and she fell to the floor. Whilst this was happening NOT ONE SINGLE person came to their assistance. The car drove down the ramp with the women shouting for someone to stop them. Unfortunately they escaped, but more because there was no attempt by security to stop the car. The incident did not last much more than about 15 seconds apparently, but enough to throw a large number of rocks.
The lady was on the floor and soaked in blood, and NO Kingdom mall security came to assist and call for a car to take her to hospital and no Police were called. The compound bus had to return to take the lady to hospital for stitches. The only thing that was done by the Mall security was to pick up all the rocks and throw water over the marble floor to clear the blood!
I would add a footnote: that my wife was harassed outside Kingdom about 3 weeks back. So much so, that she had to stop the Police who luckily for her just happened to be passing, whereupon the guy ran like the bloody devil to get away.
So to all of you, take care of your wives and kids, and tell them not to loiter around outside shopping malls and to go directly inside. They can fix their scarves and handbags inside the Mall. Remember there are still some idiots roaming the streets and it seems you cannot rely on Mall Security to come to your aid.