I Went From Billionaire Daughter To Homeless At 10

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  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • Hey, my name is Jasmin and more than 2 decades ago, I was born into a very rich and powerful family in Syria. I was an only child and my parents made sure I had everything I needed.

    They even got me a new baby tiger every few months, so I could ride on his back through our palace.

    But I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. I was only 10 when my dad ran into my room and said “Jasmin, my love. You have to flee this palace immediately. There is a hidden tunnel that will bring you outside and from there you have to go to uncle Nabil’s home. He will take care of you. Just trust me and we will see each other again soon!”

    I remember being petrified, but I followed my dad’s order and went with one of my maids through the tunnel. It was connected to the sewage water system of our city and we had to climb out of a manhole cover to get out again.

    When we arrived in front of my uncle Nabil’s home, we saw several policemen in front of it. And then they forcefully brought him outside and put him into their black van.

    My maid wasn’t sure what to do, but she said we could go to her hometown and live with her family for some time. Of course, I didn’t wanna do that. I wanted to find my parents.

    So, when my maid was distracted for a moment, I took my chance and ran away to find my parents. And because I had grown up in a palace, I was pretty naive and I didn’t know much about the life outside.

    Suddenly, I was all alone in a big city. I walked back to my parents palace but I could see from afar how it was burning. I felt so hopeless that I just broke down and cried.

    From one day to the other, I had lost everything. My parents, my home and now also my maid. The first night sleeping on the streets was the most horrible experience of my life.

    It was that night when I learned that unless someone protects you that other people will try to take advantage of you. Even if you are only 10 years old.

    Tired and scared, I went to the shop of an old woman who was selling bread. I asked if I could work for her in exchange for shelter and luckily, she agreed.

    She made me work very hard, but at least it made me forget about my problems.

    But one night, the old woman asked me about my parents and I told her my family name. At first, she didn’t believe that I was the child of one of the richest and most powerful families in our country.

    But when she realised I was telling the truth she got angry and said my family had stolen her uncles land which led him to become poor and homeless. Of course, I was just a little girl and had no idea what she was talking about, but she must have hated my family a lot. Because next, she kicked me out of her shop and onto the streets again.

    Trust me, you don’t wanna be alone on the streets at night as a 10 year old girl. I’ll spare you the details, but that was the beginning of the worst period in my life.

    For weeks, I was begging on the streets for food until one day a man approached me and asked for my name. I wasn’t sure if I should trust him. But I was so weak and hungry that I just didn’t care anymore. So I told him my family name and who I was.

    I was lucky, he turned out to be an old friend of my dad who had been searching for me since I disappeared. Later that day, he explained to me what was going on.

    He said my dad had refused to give half of his money to the new ruler of Syria and therefore he was thrown into prison. He also told me that my parents probably weren’t alive anymore.

    But I was too young to understand what that meant. I still thought my parents were simply playing a game and soon we would be reunited.

    But the next week, my dad’s friend gave me a fake passport and send me to the United States of America to start a new life. I was picked up by someone who turned out to be a distant relative of mine. And even though he had never met my dad or mom, he was generous enough to raise me.

    It was a strange relationship though. He didn’t treat me like a daughter, but rather as a maid who had to clean his apartment and cook for his family in exchange for being allowed to live with him.

    His daughter was the same age as me and never liked me. For her, I was some kind of parasite and she always gave me orders telling me to clean up her room or go wash her dishes.

    But even though she never treated me with respect, I still couldn’t hate her. She and her family were the reason I wasn’t living on the streets of Syria anymore. And cleaning and cooking for a whole family from age 10, taught me a hard work ethic.

    So when I went to university, I studied harder than any of my classmates and after 3 years I graduated ‘Summa Cum Laude’ from Colombia University.

    Afterward, I started my own home cleaning company, which today has more than 90 employees. I just kept on working harder and harder, driven by my fear of ending up on the streets again. But even though I achieved a lot of success in my life, I still felt like something was missing.

Comments • 3 968

  • ivy chombo
    ivy chombo  2 hours back

    it washy lil brothers birthday then

    • Starlight
      Starlight  3 hours back

      Do you guys really believe that shit .-.

      • Aidin Chan
        Aidin Chan  4 hours back

        5:07 Wow his legs are gone, Maybe the animators did a error but eh.

        • paarden lovers
          paarden lovers  5 hours back

          Baby tiger? Youre upset with the movie Aladin

          • Alek Ramirez
            Alek Ramirez  12 hours back

            Doesn’t her husband look like Tom Brady

            • Kiki Ruby
              Kiki Ruby  12 hours back

              Alladin

              • Kiki Ruby
                Kiki Ruby  12 hours back

                Fricken I want a pet tiger that I can ride around a palace

                Woah I want a pet tiger and I want a palace

                • Jeon Jungkookie_bunny
                  Jeon Jungkookie_bunny  14 hours back

                  B-but what happened to da tiger

                  • Panda Plays
                    Panda Plays  17 hours back

                    Jasmine from Aladdin omg and shes got a tiger

                    • Mindy Yoshimoto
                      Mindy Yoshimoto  18 hours back

                      Wait what happened to her tiger?????

                      • CJ101 CRAFTER_143
                        CJ101 CRAFTER_143  19 hours back

                        Your damn lucky you were not in afganistan

                        • Ocean Shadow
                          Ocean Shadow  19 hours back

                          Why isn’t no one gonna talk about the tiger?
                          Wut happened to it?

                          • A Isabella
                            A Isabella  20 hours back

                            It is wrong to have a tiger they belong in the savanna/forest.Not to be your pet.

                            • Tala Issa
                              Tala Issa  2 hours back

                              A Isabella no it is fine it is like cats 🐈 they belong on nature but you can have one they are just big cats I have one

                          • MysteryDrawz :P
                            MysteryDrawz :P  20 hours back

                            She didn't understand what death meant at 10? I understood at 6! That's... quite surprising.

                            • Jasmin Ramoutar
                              Jasmin Ramoutar  20 hours back

                              Bro is this a story about me? 🤔

                              • {Areta• Official}
                                {Areta• Official}  20 hours back

                                jasmine: i would monthly get a baby tiger


                                Me and only me: i get monthly jealusness


                                Me again: I CANT EVEN GET A FISH


                                lol i kinda copied this comment but changed it

                                • Amazing ARUSHI
                                  Amazing ARUSHI  21 hours back

                                  Wow I can’t believe it
                                  Although I do live in a very big house 😄👩🏽👸🏾

                                  • Rosette
                                    Rosette  21 hours back

                                    Is she a Muslim?

                                    • Rosette
                                      Rosette  21 hours back

                                      The start kind of reminded me of princess Jasmine.

                                      • Majid Bweekan
                                        Majid Bweekan  22 hours back

                                        5:45 This is Haraam!!

                                        • XxCaution_TacoBotxX
                                          XxCaution_TacoBotxX  23 hours back

                                          What’s her cleaning business, overstock furniture

                                        • XxCaution_TacoBotxX
                                          XxCaution_TacoBotxX  23 hours back

                                          This seems like a fantasy story

                                          • Bersan Bugdayci
                                            Bersan Bugdayci  24 hours back

                                            The story
                                            Your rich
                                            Powerful family in syria
                                            You dirt poor
                                            Your a lonely child


                                            Actual story
                                            Your bashar al assad’s child
                                            You have siblings
                                            You would have died if you left damascus
                                            Theres no more airport in damacus since the civil war began
                                            Even damascus is in a war zone
                                            Also you would be 15 years today

                                            Ok seriously why does people belive this seriously how the hell did you get a tiger from princess jasmine?

                                            • Mini Noob
                                              Mini Noob  1 days back

                                              Jasmine 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000+

                                              • Uncanny Danny
                                                Uncanny Danny  1 days back

                                                Um, is it alright for a Muslim to marry a Non-Muslim? I'm NOT offending Muslims or anything, I'm just asking!

                                                • Raymond Butler
                                                  Raymond Butler  1 days back

                                                  She is cruel,she rides on BABY tiger's

                                                  • Dewi Sri
                                                    Dewi Sri  1 days back

                                                    She is very humble and grateful eventhough life upside down. ♥️

                                                    • pinkiy molaodi
                                                      pinkiy molaodi  1 days back

                                                      Jasmine that means you are a princess

                                                      • pinkiy molaodi
                                                        pinkiy molaodi  1 days back

                                                        Princess

                                                        • Akm Kamruzzaman Nelu
                                                          Akm Kamruzzaman Nelu  1 days back

                                                          The ending is a fairly tale.

                                                          • caroline micaela y
                                                            caroline micaela y  1 days back

                                                            Oooo yea like princess jasmine from disniy whit a tiger

                                                            • FlegSlav //JimDSB HardbassFanatic

                                                              Jasmine: **says Syria**


                                                              My last 4 brain cells: *Can't Mossad The Assad*

                                                              • fun time Diaz
                                                                fun time Diaz  1 days back

                                                                wait she was destracted by a kitten to moveon to the next scene

                                                                • Neko Kid40
                                                                  Neko Kid40  1 days back

                                                                  Why did you betray your maid

                                                                  • Miguel Sanchez
                                                                    Miguel Sanchez  2 days back

                                                                    The president of your country is stupid and he needs to get hes or hers own money

                                                                    • GamerKid %
                                                                      GamerKid %  2 days back

                                                                      Next time pay your taxes

                                                                      • Luna Lana Anna
                                                                        Luna Lana Anna  2 days back

                                                                        Wait.....
                                                                        *what happened to the other tigers???* ಥ‿ಥ

                                                                        • ambrielle cake
                                                                          ambrielle cake  2 days back

                                                                          Her: has a baby tiger
                                                                          Me: can't get one little pet again

                                                                          • Jelly Beans
                                                                            Jelly Beans  2 days back

                                                                            wait-
                                                                            jasmine is real??

                                                                            • Britanie Ferguson
                                                                              Britanie Ferguson  2 days back

                                                                              I fell like this is a lie

                                                                              • Annalisa Mahabir
                                                                                Annalisa Mahabir  2 days back

                                                                                That tiger was a little cute plz like for something that is awesome

                                                                                • kjyou
                                                                                  kjyou  2 days back

                                                                                  Was there hotels in yo home town?

                                                                                  • Danielle Petrillo
                                                                                    Danielle Petrillo  2 days back

                                                                                    awwww but sad

                                                                                    • NovaKitty
                                                                                      NovaKitty  2 days back

                                                                                      Princess jasmine is that you

                                                                                      • Kate Herbst
                                                                                        Kate Herbst  2 days back

                                                                                        This story is sad :(

                                                                                        • Abdulla Al Qassab
                                                                                          Abdulla Al Qassab  2 days back

                                                                                          Wow

                                                                                          • Minibug
                                                                                            Minibug  2 days back

                                                                                            um if you were a billionaire you’d probably be mentioned in worldwide internet. sounds sketchy and it IS sketchy

                                                                                            • Michelle Casoy
                                                                                              Michelle Casoy  2 days back

                                                                                              Is this aladdin?