Saudi boy flees to Yemen to escape brutal father

Faisal (pictured), who witnessed his father's savage brutality against his younger brother Ali, had escaped and vowed never to return.

Faisal (pictured), who witnessed his father’s savage brutality against his younger brother Ali, had escaped and vowed never to return.

A 9-year-old Saudi boy has fled to Yemen to escape the physical abuse of his father after the latter poured corrosive bleach on his younger brother’s scalp, local Arabic daily Al-Watan reported on Monday.

Faisal, who witnessed his father’s savage brutality against his younger brother Ali, had escaped and vowed never to return, it was reported.

His uncle, Dabaa Ahmed Al-Radif, said he ran into Faisal by accident in Yemen. He said his nephew told him that he was deported by mistake because he did not have identity papers to prove that he was a Saudi citizen.

The uncle, who is in his 50s and an employee of the Haradh Dry Port along the borders between the Kingdom and Yemen, said he found the child by accident and that he is living with him now.

He said he had informed his sister, Faisal’s mother, that the boy is safe with him.

The father, a Saudi man who is 49, beat the 8-year-old Ali, scalded his scalp and poured bleach liquid on his head because the boy had refused to go out to bring him money by begging or stealing.

Faisal witnessed the incident and decided to run away from his father’s home.

The uncle said Faisal is determined never to go back to the Kingdom out of fear for his father.

Al-Radif said he talked to the father and told him to come to Yemen to take his son back, but he refused.

The father is now in police custody over the assault against Ali.

The uncle asked concerned Saudi authorities to take Faisal back to his mother in Jazan and said the young boy has not stopped crying.

Meanwhile, Ali Zaalah, spokesman of Jazan Governorate, said Emir Prince Muhammad Bin Nasser has issued urgent orders to concerned officials in the governorate, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the police to follow up the case and report their findings to him immediately. He said the prince directed that special medical care be given to Ali, who is now being treated at King Fahd General Hospital in Jazan.

 
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