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Old Saudi Lives Inside Car in Desert for 16 Years
Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, February 10, 2013

Posted on 02/11/2013 6:30:14 PM PST by nickcarraway

He moved to the desert after the death of his son, wife and brothers

In summer, old Abdul Rahman Jamaan soaks inside his rusting car in the heart of the scorching Saudi desert. In winter, he shuts the car windows, cowers inside dirty torn blankets and begins his war against the biting cold until he falls asleep.

Jamaan, in his late 60s, has been through this saga for more than 16 years although his country is the top oil exporter and home to a quarter of the world’s oil wealth. Because of poverty and loss of family, his car has become his home and the desert his world.

When he was young and married, his wife turned to be infertile, so he got another wife. When he had a son, his delight was short lived as the baby died after two years.

When his wife died, he turned to his three brothers for solace but after a few years, they all passed away, leaving behind adult children who did not want to see him.

Yet, Jamaan refused to give up and collapse under this deluge of tragedies. Nor did he allow himself to beg for help although hunger began biting into his stomach.

Jamaan had been paid SR2,000 pension a month before his pension card was legally seized by a camel owner who sold him five camels and did not get all his money. Two camels later died of hunger as Jamaan could hardly feed himself.

Living on bread brought by friendly villagers and milk from his three feeble camels, Jamaan has become accustomed to the car as his home and the desert as his world.

He suffers daily from pain, hunger, cold, wilderness and loneliness but they have also become part of his life. More than 16 years ago, Jamaan was strong enough to move around and withstand pain but not anymore.

Jamaan lives in the lifeless desert south of the northwestern town of Hail and as the days pass, he feels weaker. His waning body has become more vulnerable to the scorching summer sun and pinching desert winter cold at night. And because of this, Jamaan now feels that it is time to seek help.

When he first moved to the desert, he was strong enough to tidy up his shabby car house and organize his lonely life. He was also wandering far away to get palm wood to light a fire during the cold winter nights. But not anymore.

“I live on bread brought by some good people…I get milk from my three camels who also give me company in my lonely life although I can hardly now feed them..I’m afraid I might lose them soon….two months ago, one man brought me an extra blanket…it was ripped but gave me some warmth,” Jamaan said with tears in his eyes.

“In winter, when night comes, I wrap myself with the blankets, shut the car windows and try to sleep…I shiver for a long time before I fall asleep and wake up again….I used to get wood for a fire almost every day but now I am too old to do this…I am getting older and life is getting more difficult and crueler,” he told Alhayat newspaper.


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1 posted on 02/11/2013 6:30:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Call him Hard Luck Haji.


2 posted on 02/11/2013 6:35:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway
When he was young and married, his wife turned to be infertile, so he got another wife.

Obviously, a kind-hearted, hopeless romantic.

3 posted on 02/11/2013 6:36:03 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum
so he got another wife.

But her head fell off.
5 posted on 02/11/2013 6:40:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

Years go I saw Mexicans living in rusted out car bodies in Juarez, Mexico. They had cardboard over the windows. They were in a vacant lot just across the road from fine mansions.

That was when it was safe to go to Mexico.


6 posted on 02/11/2013 6:42:46 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Too old to cut the mustard any more.)
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To: cripplecreek

Look on the bright side. At least he has a car.


7 posted on 02/11/2013 6:46:09 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: cripplecreek

wow


8 posted on 02/11/2013 6:49:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: MestaMachine

I know an old muzzy who lives in a car....


9 posted on 02/11/2013 6:49:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

He needs to move where the food at... and get a job...


10 posted on 02/11/2013 6:51:09 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: nickcarraway

Idiot should just sneak into the US. He’d have a place, medical care, food, etc.

He’d have to give up the car - unless it’s a hybrid.


11 posted on 02/11/2013 6:54:52 PM PST by Darteaus94025
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To: nickcarraway

BFH.


12 posted on 02/11/2013 6:59:54 PM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: nickcarraway

Strange story.


13 posted on 02/11/2013 7:00:08 PM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: nickcarraway

had so many wives he didn’t know what to do


14 posted on 02/11/2013 7:01:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: hosepipe

I guess he lives in one of those food deserts that Moochelle has talked about.


15 posted on 02/11/2013 7:01:48 PM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: MestaMachine

With an Obama / Biden sticker on the bumper...


16 posted on 02/11/2013 7:03:28 PM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: nickcarraway

I guess he knows what it feels like to be discarded. He and his first wife now have that in common.


17 posted on 02/11/2013 7:06:33 PM PST by wideawake
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To: nickcarraway

Heard he sold his car for gas money.


18 posted on 02/11/2013 7:07:06 PM PST by Palio di Siena
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To: nickcarraway

How was this much different from his father living in a tent in the desert all his life? Or for that matter, how is it different from all of his antecedents going back 1400 years?


19 posted on 02/11/2013 7:07:32 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if he qualifies for Obamaphone, ya know?


20 posted on 02/11/2013 7:10:20 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: hosepipe

Sam Kennison one funny dude


21 posted on 02/11/2013 7:10:20 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: nickcarraway

On the positive side, he never has to tighten loose tent pegs & ropes, as if he were some mere female.


22 posted on 02/11/2013 7:10:28 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: nickcarraway

Worst of all - no Vodka.


23 posted on 02/11/2013 7:14:56 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: nickcarraway

Worst of all - no Vodka.


24 posted on 02/11/2013 7:14:56 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: nickcarraway

you’d think living in a country where only the most peaceful and benevolent religion in the world is allowed, the guy might fare a little better charity-wise.

of course if you know anything about islam you know why the guy doesn’t get much help to get him actually living like a person, again.


25 posted on 02/11/2013 7:15:23 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: nickcarraway

He was “Living in a van down by the oasis.”


26 posted on 02/11/2013 7:17:21 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: wideawake

that is an assumption. they can have multiple wives and i didn’t read that he divorced the first one.


27 posted on 02/11/2013 7:18:59 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: nickcarraway

...and he didn’t have to worry about a camel forcing its nose under a tent wall.


28 posted on 02/11/2013 7:19:05 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: nickcarraway

Chevy should send him a Volt to live in. He won’t get cold.


29 posted on 02/11/2013 7:36:27 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

Actually it’s not a car but some sort of cool little Russian pickup truck.

As for his situation, he just needs a viral YouTube video. Then he’ll be set. He should trade one of his camels for a camcorder and a cat.


30 posted on 02/11/2013 7:45:51 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: nickcarraway
Why should anyone care about some old Saudi living in a car in the desert when we have AMERICANS broke, living on the streets, homeless, wondering where their next meal is coming from thanks to Barack Hussein Obama increasing poverty in this country by double-digits and millions of people?

I could give a rats ass about any foreigner, period.

31 posted on 02/11/2013 8:05:27 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Secret Agent Man

The article indicates that his wife died - not that his wives died. It is rare for Saudis to bear the expense of an infertile wife - they tend to get divorced and returned to their families, unless they are wealthy.


32 posted on 02/12/2013 4:27:17 AM PST by wideawake
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33 posted on 02/12/2013 8:48:45 PM PST by rawhide
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To: cripplecreek; GeronL; Palio di Siena; riri; dfwgator; blueunicorn6

Wow, I haven’t laughed that hard in weeks.


34 posted on 02/13/2013 5:46:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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