President George W. Bush

The White House

Washington, D.C.

Dear President Bush:

I congratulate you on your victory in freeing the people of Iraq from the despotic rule of Saddam Hussein and it is my hope that Iraq will soon be stable and self-governing. There is, however, a great need for your attention to be focused on the situation in Saudi Arabia that involves hundreds of American women and their children who are unable to come home to America. These women are being kept as contemporary slaves of the male guardians that control their physical body and soul.

Most of these women have married Saudi nationals who were sent to the United States to study in our colleges and universities. Once they accompanied their Saudi husbands back to Saudi Arabia, they soon found out that they lost all civil rights and became prisoners. Their children fall into that same category of slavery and are denied even the basic human rights. And the other group that is being held against their will are the now adult women of these American-Saudi marriages that have been kidnapped by their Saudi fathers from their American mothers in the United States. For all of them, it is a “life-sentence” in Saudi Arabia. They can never leave and many are tortured, terrified and threatened beyond what is even humanly conceivable.

They have been raped, burned, beaten and told that they would be killed. Many of them have already died in Saudi Arabia. The State Department has lost all knowledge of their whereabouts.

As your good friend, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan has stated just a few days ago after the Saudi bombings in Riyadh, “Saudi Arabia is now one of the fronts in the battle against terrorism. Innocent civilians and children don’t belong on battlefields.” I think now is the time for you to take direct action and send the Saudis a strong message that all of these women must come home immediately.

I’m sure you remember the four congressional hearings that were held last year before the House Government Reform Committee, chaired by the honorable Dan Burton of Indiana. Three teens who had escaped from Saudi Arabia testified about the horrid abuses they suffered at the hands of sadistic, male Saudi relatives.

Each day I receive e-mails or calls from either women inside the Saudi Kingdom, or their relatives in the U.S., asking for me to help them get to freedom. Last year, Ambassador Jordan told Congressman Burton that no American woman or her children who got to an American Embassy or Consulate in Saudi Arabia would be forced to leave. Monica Stowers and her children were put out of the American Embassy in Riyadh by the U.S. Marines in 1991.

Foreign Minister Prince Saud has stated that any American woman can leave the kingdom if she wishes but no one has left. Could it be that they are afraid that they will also be abandoned by their government if sanctuary is sought? If they were returned to their male captors, the consequence of their efforts in seeking the help of the embassy, could be lethal.

The recent travel warning issued by the Department of State calls for all non-emergency personnel and family members at the U.S. Embassy and the Consulates in Saudi Arabia to depart the kingdom. It also recommends that private American citizens currently in Saudi Arabia consider departing the country.

Now is the time for us to bring all of these forsaken innocent women and children home. Let’s leave no one behind like the U.S. Marines’ expression states. I am begging you for the lives of my now adult daughters, my grandchildren and my American sisters and their children.

Very truly yours,

Patricia Roush

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