(also known as bin Ladin
, born Carmen Dufour
1954 in Geneva
) was a member of the bin Laden family
. She was raised in Lausanne
by her mother along with three other sisters (Salomé, Béatrice, and Magnolia). Her father was Swiss
, hence the name Dufour, and her mother was Persian
Carmen was married to one of Osama bin Laden
's older brothers, Yeslam bin Ladin
, until 1988. They were married in 1974 in Jeddah
, Saudi Arabia
. She has three daughters, Wafah Dufour
, Najia and Noor.
Published in 2004, My Life in Saudi Arabia
is a personal account of her life as a Saudi Arabian
wife and mother. The book contains insights into life in the bin Laden family and her relationship with them and her former husband. She claims that no matter how Westernized
her ex-husband or other bin Laden family members may be, they still feel strong familial and religious ties and would have financially supported and sheltered Osama bin Laden
if necessary, prior to his May 2011 death.
She admits that while she found it difficult to adjust to the restrictive Saudi Arabian
society, her lifestyle was one of privilege.
She later moved to Geneva
with her then husband and three children, and finally left her husband in 1988, asking for a divorce in 1994. She alleges that her ex-husband engaged in emotional blackmail including threatening to kidnap her children, adultery, and forced her to undergo an abortion
. She finally obtained a divorce 12 years later... Read More