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Princesses Sahar Jawaher palace: Princesses held captive in palace for 13 years

Princesses Sahar and Jawaher claim they were in the royal palace against their will for the past 13 years. On March 8, Mail Online reported that the two princesses and their sisters were allegedly being held captive at a guarded villa in the royal compound in Jeddah. The daughters of the King of Saudi Arabia say that they are only allowed to go out to shop for food -- that is, if they are granted permission.

"In emails and phonecalls to a Sunday newspaper, Sahar and Jawaher claimed that their sisters Hala, 39, and Maha, 41, are also being held, incommunicado, in separate villas in the Jeddah compound," reports Mail Online.

Princesses Sahar and Jawaher live in the palace under the rule of their half brother whom the king has appointed to be "in charge" of them. The women might not have it any different than other Saudi women who are often on a sort of house arrest. Even still, the princesses are coming forward with this information in hopes of being freed/rescued -- something that many say is unlikely.

The mother of the girls' Alanoud Alfayez has tried to contact the UN for help. It is up to the the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene.

Princesses Sahar and Jawaher are palace bound and say that they are "fading away into nothingness." Do you think the princesses will be rescued or will the OHCHR choose not to get involved?

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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