One of Osama bin Laden's many sisters-in-law speaks out about life within the fabulously rich fundamentalist family. Carmen was an independent-minded daughter of privilege from a half-Persian, half-Swiss family. When she married Yeslam bin Laden, an older brother of Osama, in 1974, she had no idea how much her entire mode of existence would change. Living in Saudi Arabia meant that she was mainly restricted to her home, and was forced to cover her face and body completely whenever she did get to go out. Her three children meant nothing to her husband because they were daughters, not sons. Finally, when she could no longer bear the constraints on both her daughters and herself, Carmen managed to escape to Switzerland with her girls and file for divorce in 1988, only to have her last name become universally reviled in the West after the events of 9/11.
A former sister-in-law of Osama bin Ladin describes her experiences of marrying into and divorcing from the bin Ladin family, her witness to the clan's complex and secretive ways, and her sorrow over the September 11 attacks