Jenna is tough! The other day she was on her way to school and a teen-aged girl grabbed one of her earings and pulled it off in an attempt to steal it. Jenna, the quick thinking girl that she is, grabbed hold of the girl's clothes and started screaming and pulling at her clothing. The girl, dropping the earing as she was pulling herself free from Jenna's grip, took off running down the street.
Jenna was shaken but her ear was undamaged and she recovered her earing. She was really upset that no one stopped to help her even though there were many people in the area. She said she wasn't sure if the girl was Libyan or not, but she said she was dressed in a scarf and jalabia - not in school clothes.
Most likely the girl was a beggar. I've noticed quite an increase in children begging these days. Nearly every major intersection has beggars and young kids selling boxes of tissues and small Qurans. They work the street corners from early in the morning and stay there all day long, sometimes until late at night.
Begging is one thing, but criminal behavior is another. I am just thankful that Jenna was unhurt.
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