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Omar and his mother Najwa thought that they knew Osama well, but some time during their life with him they started realising that the man they loved and respected had a dark side.
Growing Up Bin Laden is the story of Najwa, a young Syrian girl who is married to her first cousin Osama. Believing him to be gentle and kindly, their marriage is initially a happy one. But as time passes, Najwa begins to see the changes in her husband as he is slowly drawn into the dangerous world of militants and their activities. Osama is no longer the same amicable husband and father. His behaviour is different. The lives of Najwa and her innocent children turn into turmoil, and they are always on the move, escaping from country to country.
Omar wanted his father's love more than anything. In Growing Up Bin Laden, Omar has narrated his early life in Afghanistan with his father, and his subsequent escape to Saudi Arabia. Told by mother and son, a gripping story unfolds. They present the readers with an amazing story of a man loved by some, and hated by many. Their shocking revelations tell the readers about his dislike for luxuries, including medicine and electricity, about how he planned to make his sons tough by exposing them to the rigorous life in the desert without water and food, and the horrible murder of a boy of his age by a group of jihadis living with them.
Omar further narrates the happenings in the home of the Bin Ladens in Jeddah on the day of the twin tower attack, and about his mother's phone call after her escape from Afghanistan, just a couple of days before the terror attack on New York.
About The Authors
Jean Sasson, an American, was born in a small town. In 1978, she went to Saudi Arabia and worked in the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh as an administrative coordinator in Medical Affairs.
Some of her other books are Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, For the Love of a Son: One Afghan Woman's Quest for her Stolen Child, Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein, Princess Sultana's Daughters, and Daughters Of Arabia.
She has written mostly about women in the Middle East. Here, she met and married Peter Sasson, in 1982. They remained in Saudi Arabia after leaving the hospital till 1990. She is presently living in Atlanta, Georgia.
Najwa Bin Laden is a Syrian woman. She was born in 1959 and was the first wife and first cousin of Osama Bin Laden. She has 10 children.
She co-authored Growing Up Bin Laden with her son Omar.
Omar Bin Laden, is one of the co-authors of Growing Up Bin Laden.
He married Jane Felix-Browne, renamed Zaina Mohamed Al-Sabah, a parish councillor of the United Kingdom in 2007. Bin Laden has business in Jeddah as a scrap metal contractor and dealer.