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Saudi Woman Defies Muslim Law To Save Family’s Lives

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Saudi Arabian women can’t drive automobiles under Muslim law. Ruwaida al-Habis took her own life into her hands when she refused to consider the driving prohibition and drove her father and two brothers to the hospital to save their lives.

Using the driving skills her father taught her on the family farm, al-Habis managed to reach the clinic’s emergency entrance without a hitch.

“When I pulled up, a crowd of people surrounded the car and stared as if they were seeing extraterrestrial beings,” the 20-year-old university student told The Associated Press. “Instead of focusing on the burn victims, the nurses kept repeating, ‘You drove them here?'”

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans all women—Saudi and foreign—from driving. The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers, and women who cannot afford the $300-$400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

August 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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