Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sad Truth

People begging on the streets and illegal immigration are social problems you might not associate with Saudi Arabia. But many Muslims from poorer countries around the world enter Saudi Arabia to perform required religious pilgrimages and then stay illegally once their visas have expired. Men that do this are generally able to get hard labor jobs to support themselves and their families. But for the women, life can be especially hard since they are usually unskilled, and employment for women in general in KSA is still quite restrictive (but improving).

Many of these women can be seen begging in the streets. Some of them resort to "dumpster diving" to retrieve food or discarded items that might be of some value. Every day they can be seen filling up empty baby strollers with items they have collected from trash bins.

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