Search Abroad For Children Abandoned By Saudi Fathers Widens (English, Spanish, Arabic)

Arabic translation will follow later, sometime after this weekend insha’Allah so keep checking back for an update. Special thanks to Cristina D for making sure my Spanish translation was correct. Tara Umm Omar

Search Widens For Kids Abandoned By Saudi Fathers Overseas
By Joe Avancena
Saudi Gazette | Dammam
30 December 2011

The search for children born to foreign women and Saudi fathers overseas will be extended to all corners of the world to let these children know that although they have been abandoned by their Saudi fathers, Saudi Arabia is their country and they have not been forgotten, said Najeed A. R. Al-Zamil, founder of the Back to the Roots Foundation, a non-government organization that seeks out and supports such children.

“The Back to the Roots program of the foundation will soon launch a global search for these children to identify them, investigate their status and condition, and find ways to help and care for them if need be,” Al-Zamil said.

Al-Zamil established the Back to the Roots Foundation five years ago with a search for the children of Saudi fathers in the Philippines. In that country the foundation uncovered 60 sons and daughters of Saudi fathers who possess documents to prove their Saudi parentage.

“We know that there are at least 100 more of these children in the Philippines fathered by Saudis but without documentation to establish that they are the sons and daughters of Saudis. Nevertheless, the foundation will reach out to them,” he said.

According to Al-Zamil, the sons and daughters of Saudis in the Philippines have organized themselves, seeking, among other goals, the recognition and legitimization of their status as Saudis. The Back to the Roots program in the Philippines is headed by Shareefa Albinali who now works as administrative assistant at the Saudi Royal Embassy in Manila.

Al-Zamil said the global search for Saudi children is now supported by Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior. “Prince Naif has given his full support to the foundation and we will soon meet and finalize the global search program,” Al-Zamil said.

According to Al-Zamil, news about the pioneering work of the foundation is spreading around the world.

“I have received letters and inquiries about our foundation from interested individuals from places such as Moscow, Siberia and Iceland. Many of our male population have indeed successfully spread their parenthood in far-flung continents of the world,” Al-Zamil pointed out.

According to Al-Zamil, the largest concentration of children of Saudi fathers born to foreign women overseas is in Egypt where there are over 400,000 of them. “In Syria there are over 100,000 children who are the sons and daughters of Saudis.

There are also such children in countries like Morocco, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, and in Western countries including the United States,” Al-Zamil said.

Traducción Al Español Por Tara Umm Omar
Editado por Cristina D

Se amplía búsqueda para los niños abandonados por padres de nacionalidad de Arabia Saudita en el extranjero
Por Joe Avancena
30 Diciembre 2011

La búsqueda de los niños nacidos de mujeres extranjeras y padres de nacionalidad Arabia Saudita en el extranjero se extenderá a todos los rincones del mundo para que estos niños sepan que a pesar de que han sido abandonados por sus padres de Arabia Saudita, Arabia Saudita es sus país y que no los ha olvidado, dijo Najeed A.R. al-Zamil, fundador de la fundación Volver A Las Raíces, organización no gubernamental que busca y apoya a estos niños.

El programa de la fundación Volver A Las Raíces, iniciará una búsqueda global de estos niños para identificarlos, investigar sus estatus y condición, y encontrar formas de ayudarlos y cuidar de ellos si es necesario.” dijo Al-Zamil.

Al-Zamil estableció la fundación Volver A Las Raíces, hace cinco años con la búsqueda de los hijos de padres Saudíes en las Filipinas. En ese país, la fundación descubrió 60 hijos e hijas de padres Saudíes que poseían documentos para probar su linaje de Arabia Saudita.

“Sabemos que hay por lo menos 100 más de estos niños en las Filipinas cuyos padres son Saudíes, pero sin la documentación para demostrar que son los hijos e hijas de Saudíes. Sin embargo, la fundación llegara a ellos.” dijo.

De acuerdo con Al-Zamil, los hijos e hijas de los Saudíes en las Filipinas se ha organizado entre ellos, en busca de, entre otros objetivos, el reconocimiento y la legitimación de sus estatus como Saudíes. El programa Volver A Las Raíces en las Filipinas está a cargo de Shareefa Albinali que ahora trabaja como asistente administrativo en la Embajada Real de Arabia Saudita en Manila.

Al-Zamil dijo que la búsqueda global para los niños Saudíes es ahora apoyada por el príncipe Naif bin Abdul Aziz, príncipe heredero y Ministro del Interior. “El príncipe Naif ha dado todo su apoyo a la fundación y nos reuniremos para ultimar el programa de búsqueda global pronto.” dijo Al-Zamil.

De acuerdo con Al-Zamil, las noticias sobre el trabajo pionero de la fundación se está extendiendo en todo el mundo.

“He recibido cartas y consultas acerca de nuestra fundación de personas interesadas en lugares como Moscú, Siberia e Islandia. Mucha de nuestra población masculina ha extendido con éxito su paternidad en continentes lejanos del mundo.” explicó Al-Zamil.

De acuerdo con Al-Zamil, la mayor concentración de hijos nacidos de padres Saudíes y mujeres extranjeras en el extranjero se encuentra en Egipto, donde hay más de 400,000 de ellos. “En Siria hay más de 100,000 niños que son hijos e hijas de Saudíes.

También hay niños en países como Marruecos, Túnez, India, Pakistán, Indonesia, Tailandia, y en países occidentales, incluyendo los Estados Unidos.” dijo Al-Zamil.

Back To The Roots Mentioned On Previous FHWS Posts:

Saudi Seeks DNA Test To Prove Girl Is Not His Child
Misfar Misfortune: 900 Children Abandoned In Egypt By Saudi Fathers
A Buffet Of Unions
Back To The Roots: Search For Children Born To Non-Saudi Mothers And Saudi Fathers

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6 thoughts on “Search Abroad For Children Abandoned By Saudi Fathers Widens (English, Spanish, Arabic)”

  1. The Saudi government created a none-profit organization to handle this. I am a boaard member and will pass this article to our chair man. We visited many countries and are sending help to persons registered in the Saudi emabassies.

    If you can put me in touch with Mr. Alzamil, we can discuss.


    1. Abobakr- Welcome to FHWS and thanks for commenting. I’m sorry but I don’t have the contact information for Mr. Alzamil. If you like, I can create a new FHWS post to let readers know about your non-profit organization and how those in need of help can ask for it.


  2. Where should we go and seek help regarding child/children (of Saudia father and filipino mother) in Philippines that seek for support..? Thank you..! Should we go to the Saudi embassy..?


    1. my one and only daughter is also born from a saudi father =) but, though the father abandoned her she is well taken cared of.. she is studying in the best school Mindanao Phils offer…


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