Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has dreams for a $700 billion megacity. This woman wants to stop him – ABC News

A woman in a tan leather jacket She says she receives almost daily death threats and intimidating messages, which she believes are from individuals aligned with the Saudi Government.

They’re in Arabic, but she shared some of them to the ABC.

“One day we will come and we will cut you up piece by piece,” reads one.

“We are going to throw acid in your face,” says another and “you are a non-Muslim and you should be killed”.

Alya recounts how some threats urge her not to trust her friends as they could instead be the enemy.

She knows they’re designed not only to scare her, but to make her paranoid.

She refuses to succumb.

“I knew when I chose this path there would be sacrifices,” she said.

After sustained intimidation for her social media posts and strong views on human rights, Alya left the embassy and cut her ties to Saudi Arabia in 2019.

She is now advocating on behalf of her traditional Saudi tribe, the Al-Huwaitat people, who have lived along the Red Sea coastline for hundreds of years.

Advertising for the city says it will have flying drone taxis, a Jurassic Park-like island, they’ll be an artificial moon, glow in the dark beaches and it will have more Michelin star restaurants per capita than in any other city in the world.

And the propaganda says it’s being built on “virgin” land.

But the Al-Huwaitat people dispute that and say they have lived in the area for centuries.

Alya says her tribespeople are being threatened, harassed and forcibly removed from their homes.

She began to speak out after the alleged murder of Abdul Rahim al-Huwati, a village leader who refused to move and spoke out against the project.

“This is my duty for the people. They’re asking for help and that is why I became involved and I’ll try to do my best to find the justice for the people of Neom,” she said.

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