Dubai: The Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development has saved two baby twins from their mother, after videos of torture went viral on social media.
The videos taken by the mother show the twin baby girls, who appeared to be around 10 months old, crying while mother slaps them and drops them from a height to the floor until they bleed.
Many in Saudi Arabia took to Twitter and started sharing the videos of the mother tagging the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, and different officials with a hashtag saying “mother torturing her girl”.
The spokesman of the ministry, Khalid Aba Khail, also tweeted that the Centre against Family Violence was notified and that authorities were looking for the babies. Khail also urged anyone who knows about babies to call the hotline 1919.
A search by Saudis on social media platforms started and soon located the person who originally posted the videos and made him call the number.
Mohanad Al Hashdi, a Yemeni citizen, who knows the father’s family in Yemen was behind posting the videos.
He posted the videos on YouTube, saying they were taken by Somali women living in Saudi Arabia, and these twins are 6-months old.
The mother is a Somali married to a Yemeni, and the couple were living in Saudi Arabia. They are now divorced and the man does not support her. She took the videos of herself torturing the babies and sent them to her former’s husband’s father in Yemen so he can push him to send her money.
In the videos, Al Hashdi was seen pleading for the help of Saudis to save the babies as their grandfather can’t travel from Yemen to Saudi Arabia. A few hours later, the spokesman of the ministry, Khalid Aba Khail, tweeted that the twins were located in Jeddah, and have been taken away from the mother.
The twins were hospitalized by the ministry and later released after checkups. They were handed to the father’s relatives.
“The mother and father are divorced, this is clearly a case of domestic violence, the babies will never be returned to the mother, and we are looking into the father’s side of the family to take the twins,” the ministry spokesmen told Alekhbariya TV in an interview.