A Saudi man searching for his sister who was abducted nearly 60 years ago is believed to have found her daughter who has responded to his pleas through newspapers.
Fraij Al Rabei, now in his 70s, said his sister, Dalima, was nearly nine years old when an unknown man on camel back snatched her while she was collecting wood for winter with her mother and sisters in their central town of Aflaj.
He said his sister was sighted in the western Saudi town of Makkah nearly five years ago, prompting him and relatives to launch a fresh search. Rabei published an appeal through Sabq daily and other local newspapers for help to locate his sister.
“Sabq has received a phone call from a woman saying she is Dalima’s daughter and that her mother died nearly 10 years ago,” the paper said.
It said the woman lives in the capital Riyadh and that she has just had a phone conversation with Rabei, in which she affirmed to him that she is Dalima’s daughter.
“Rabei said he would soon go to Riyadh to meet this woman but added that what she told him make him believe 95 per cent that she is his niece,” the paper said.
“The woman promised Rabei that she would tell him more and show him pictures about her mother while Rabei says he will seek DNA tests to confirm her claims.”
Sabq quoted the woman as saying her mother told her that she was abducted by an unknown man who later sold her to a tribal sheikh. She then married a local man and her name was changed to Madina Ali Al Dousari.
Saudi killed in bull attack
A Saudi farmer died after suffering from serious injuries during an attack by a bull at his farm in the Gulf kingdom, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
The bull suddenly went mad and attacked the farmer with his massive horns, causing bleeding in various parts of his body and fractures in the back and neck.
The farmer from the eastern Saudi province of Ihsa was rushed to hospital in a serious condition and was admitted to the intensive care unit.
“He spent nearly 20 days in hospital but died this week because of the injuries inflicted by the bull which was born and raised in his farm,” Ihsa newspaper said.