11-year-old Saudi boy who was deported to Yemen by passport officials
for failing to convince them of his true identity joined his mother
and uncles on Thursday after his father refused to receive him from
Saudi border guards.
to Al-Madinah newspaper, Yousuf, the boy, disclosed his identity to
Yemeni police when he came down with malaria. He was then taken to a
Sanaa hospital for treatment before the Yemeni authorities made
arrangements for his return to Saudi Arabia.
mother embraced her son warmly, saying she had not seen him for two
years. The boy was under the guardianship of his father during that
time, who had demanded SR100,000 to hand him over to his mother and
to Al-Madinah, the boy ran away from his father to put pressure on his
mother and uncles to pay the money so that he could stay with them.
Passport Department in the Asir region said they will investigate the
circumstances that led to Yousuf’s deportation. An official source
at the department added that they could not find the name of the boy
among the list of those deported during the past two months.
boy was reportedly not on good terms with his father and was
emotionally stressed after his father divorced his mother. In a more
sinister twist to the tale, however, his school teacher said one day
he even came to school with his hands and legs chained.
newspaper said the boy intentionally did not disclose his identity
when passport officers detained him while running away with two
another Saudi boy who was kidnapped and held for ransom in Yemen
returned to the Kingdom on Wednesday.
the tragedy does not end here: the boy is now suffering from mental
problems caused by the abduction. His mother told Okaz that Raad ibn
Ali Mansour Al-Sharif was taken to hospital soon after his return.
“This morning, when he got up, we found that he was behaving
strangely,” she said.