Najia Dufour is the daughter of Carmen bin Laden (born Dufour) and Yeslam bin Ladin, a half-brother of Osama bin Laden. Najia was born in 1979 and is of Swiss and Persian descent on her mother’s side. Her father is Saudi Arabian. She is both an American and a Swiss national. Wafah Dufour, her older sister, was born in 1975, and Noor Dufour, her younger sister, was born in 1987.
Sister to Singer-Songwriter Wafah Dufour
Najia’s older sister, Wafah Dufour, was born on May 23rd, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. She is a singer-songwriter and a socialite. Like Najia, Wafah has double nationality, American by birth and Swiss by her mother.
She lived in Los Angeles and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in her early years. When she was 10, she moved to Geneva, Switzerland, with her parents, who later separated, and her sisters. She claims that when she turned 18, her father stopped his financial support.
After the 9/11 attacks in the U.S, she changed her name to Dufour, her mother’s maiden name.
Wafah has a law degree from Geneva University and a master’s degree from Columbia Law School, New York.
In 2009, she was living in London and was recording her first music album. Ten years later, she was the lead singer of her East London band, Deep Tan.
Najia’s sister struggled to fit in and said she constantly felt as if people were judging her. Overwhelmed with shame, she claimed she was left bedridden after hearing the news of the terrorist attacks orchestrated by her estranged uncle, Osama bin Laden.
Youngest Sister Noor Dufour Endorsed Donald Trump For The 2020 Presidential Election
Noor Dufour, the youngest daughter of the Dufour family, gathered all the media attention when she strongly expressed her support for Donald Trump’s candidacy in the presidential election of 2020. She argued that Trump was the one to keep Americans and Western civilization safe from terrorism, whereas his predecessors had failed to do so.
Mother’s Book on Hardship in Saudi Arabia
Najia’s parents married in 1974 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and separated in 1988. Her mother, Carmen bin Laden, was able to obtain the divorce no sooner than January 2006. It seems that father Yeslam bin Ladin did not maintain contact with her or her sisters, and neither did his family.
The book Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia came out in 2004 and voiced the reality of being a wife and a mother there, as lived by Najia’s mother. Among others, Carmen mentions that despite the disowning and the estranged relationships in the bin Ladin family, blood ties and religion would have assured Osama of his relatives’ support in case of need.
Are you curious about the meaning of the name ‘Najia’? Here is what you need to know:
‘Najia’ – Different Cultures, Different Meanings
In Swahili, ‘Najia’ means “offspring”. In Arabic, the same name translates to “escape from danger”. Furthermore, ‘Nadia’ and its Russian correspondent, ‘Nadya’, mean “hope”.