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Saudi special needs twins chained for 8 years
Published in Bikya Masr on 26 - 02 - 2012

CAIRO: Two fifteen-year old Saudi boys Saad and Saeed, who are twins, were minor celebrities in Saudi Arabia this week after authorities discovered that they have been chained at home for more than eight years.
Relatives had been warned against chaining them again, but their uncle says he has no choice but to keep them chained to control their bad behavior due to what he believes ‘a mental problem'.
Acting on a tip, a police went into the twins' home in Riyadh and found the two chained by their legs. Police allowed them time to explore, after releasing them.
When the boys were escorted back home the next day, police warned their relatives not to chain them. The uncle scoffed at the order. He also claims they were refused treatment at all special needs centers due to their Bedouin ethnicity.
“My nephews suffer from excessive movement or hyper activity which makes them dangerous and a big nuisance to neighbors and other people,” their uncle said in Al Riyadh newspaper.
“Some years ago, their father suffered from a psychological problem and we had no choice but to chain Saad and Saeed … we just wanted to check their behavior and stop them from being absent from home for a long time … I am sorry but we have to keep them chained to ensure their safety and protect neighbors.”
He appealed for authorities to help the boys, saying they require time in a special needs center as their condition is getting worse. “We are unable to control the two … we need help and hope authorities will respond to our calls.”
Tags: Chained, Saudi Teens, Special Needs
Section: Health, Latest News, Saudi Arabia

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