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Desert Royal is a riveting account of human rights abuses.
on 12 May 1999
As the mother of Heidi Al-Omary, my six-year-old daughter who was kidnapped and is now being held hostage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I read the book with fascination as well as trepidation. It is the trepidation that every mother feels when her child is being abused by an unjust society, and she can do nothing about it. It is the trepidation that my little girl may some day grow up to be sold into a servile form of marriage, or suffer the pain and degradation of female genital mutilation. It is the trepidation of a mother who knows that her child lives in an unsafe environment, where the guns of war are never silent for long. I thank Jean for including my little girl's story in her book, and I pray every day that someone in Saudi Arabia will come forward and report my child's whereabouts to the American authorities so that she can be spared the fate of the typical Saudi woman. The topic of sexual slavery is finally being addressed in this book. It is well known among missing children's groups that certain countries violate pornography laws, as well as human rights treaties which they have signed. Saudi Arabian princes are the chief violators of treaties they have signed, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Maybe the book will create some outrage among its readers, for the behavior that Saudi males have long engaged in is outrageous and should not be tolerated in a civilized world. Jean's book has touched on almost every issue that concerns the parents of kidnapped children. Bravo to her!