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American mom, 32, forced to live in Saudi Arabia loses custody of her four-year-old daughter after a judge in the kingdom ruled she is ‘too Western to raise the child’ because she went to Burning Man and has social media accounts ‘full of nudity’

  • Bethany Vierra, 32, lost custody of her daughter – four-year-old Zaina – in July after the court determined that the mother was too ‘new to Islam’
  • The 32-year-old student had moved to the Middle Eastern country in 2011 to teach at a local university
  • Her ex husband used her social media as evidence that she was allegedly living an non-Islamic lifestyle
  • His lawyers used her trip to Burning Man in their argument, dubbing it ‘the world’s strangest festival’ 
  • Vierra claimed her ex-husband was verbally abusive and used drugs
  • Custody was ultimately granted to the girl’s Saudi grandmother, who lives with Zaina’s father 
  • The mother has until Sunday to appeal the decision and the child is currently in her custody


  1. Jack Jack August 18, 2019

    Somehow, although I feel for the child and her future, I can’t get too excited about the tribulations of some hippie chick who marries a Saudi, moves there, has a child and expects rational treatment from an Islamic government that treats women as objects and second class humans.

    • Kimberly Mitchell Kimberly Mitchell August 18, 2019

      Totally agree – they scream “tolerate” and stands astonished when they experience the very reason we avoid this culture. Not because we are incapable of of tolerance, but because Islams lack thereof.

  2. Otis Ella Vada Otis Ella Vada September 17, 2019

    Burn the Coal, Pay the Toll!

  3. Michael pruitt Michael pruitt September 22, 2019

    Be careful what you do and post on social media. It will be used against you and you will have no protection from the left or right.

  4. Jeannetta Kaspari Jeannetta Kaspari September 25, 2019

    Thanks , I have just been looking for info about this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

  5. Bruce K Darling Bruce K Darling October 29, 2019

    Q: What is the lesson here? A: Don’t marry a Muslim, and stay the hell away from Saudi Arabia.

  6. Adams Duncan Adams Duncan December 13, 2019

    She should just leave . Write the kid off . It’s done being in Saudie . Come home and in a spare 5 min she can make another one .

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