We speak to Salwa, a young Saudi woman who made her escape from Saudi Arabia at great risk. Now she is a refugee in Canada, a vocal atheist, and her social media posts documenting simple, daily life for a free woman in Canada have drawn tens of thousands of followers from her home country. In this episode, she is joined by her translator friend Mustafa, another Saudi atheist and refugee. We talk about her incredible escape, her life in Saudi Arabia, her views on the Crown Prince, and her destination had she been caught: the Dar Al Reaya, a female prison system where Saudi women who bring “shame” to their family—including victims of rape and abuse—are kept, tortured, and even sold to high bidders. This is a must-listen episode.
Read about the Dar Al Reaya here: https://medium.com/@feliciathobeka/dar-al-reaya-female-torture-chambers-in-saudi-arabia-f78c16271859
And here: https://www.change.org/p/we-call-upon-humanitarian-organisations-to-intervene-saudi-arabian-girl-trapped-in-the-hands-of-abuse/u/22378916