by Jean Sasson
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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In a country where kings reign, I’m a princess.You must know me only as Sultana, because I can’t reveal my real name, lest it hurt to come to me and my family for what I’m about to tell you.Think of a Saudi princess, and what do you see?A woman sparkling with jewellery, living an incredible life of luxuryShe has gold, palaces, swimming pools, servants, designer of gogo dresses.But in reality, she’s actually living in a golden cage.She has no freedom, no vote, no control over her own life, no value, but as a bearer of sons.Hidden behind the veil, she is a prisoner, her jailers her father, her husband, her sonSultane’ is a member of the Saudi royal family, closely linked to the King.For the sake of her daughters, she decided that it was time for a woman in her position to speak out on the reality of life for women in her country, regardless of their rank.She says about her own life, from her turbulent childhood of her arranged marriage – happy, until her husband decided to take a second wife and the lives of her sisters, friends and servants.Contrary to affection and simple comradeship among women, she tells a story of appalling, oppressive, everyday events that in any other culture would be shocking human rights violations: forced marriages, officials intimidated to sexual slavery, summary executions.The princess is a testimony of a woman of indomitable spirit and great courage.In speaking out,’ Sultana’ risked bringing the anger of Saudi Arabia’s establishment on her head and on the head of her children.That’s why she told her story anonymously.
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