The Lost Son of Nabil Sawalha
مارك هو الابن غير الشرعي للممثل الأردني نبيل صوالحة
The truth is still the truth even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie, even if everyone believes it.
My name is Mark and I am an illegitimate son of Jordanian Actor Nabil Sawalha. I have lived most of my life separated from my family members in secrecy. I have been allowed to meet my father only twice in my lifetime once in Finland and second time in Jordan. Many of my Jordanian relatives don’t know my existence except my father’s closest family members like Nadja, Julia and Nadim Sawalha. But they have kept the secret well. I have met my half sister and brothers Lara, Karim and Omar Sawalha once in 1990’s. Almost all my living relatives that I have are from my fathers side in Jordan – and unfortunately they are the once that abandoned me. “The Lost Son” title was first used my uncle Nadim Sawalha when I met him first time after my birth in London in 1990’s.
In My Mother meets Nabil in London. In 1960’s my mother travelled from Finland to London to study nursing. In London she met Nabil Sawalha who worked at BBC. They started to date and my mother get pregnant. Nabil didn’t want a child and he left us and returned back to Jordan. My uncle Nadim visited in hospital and suggested my name Mark, and probably my second name Joakim too as it goes in Sawalha family. After my birth I moved back to Finland with my mother.
1970’s My father Nabil Sawalha visits in Finland. Nabil came once for a short visit to Finland. This was the first time I met my father. Nabil stayed one week in our home and then travelled away. I still remember when I was standing on the bus station when he left even it’s over forty years ago. After his short visit Nabil disappeared for decades. The next contact was in the 1990s when I found his address on an old suitcase address tag and wrote to him.
1990’s My visit with to Jordan. I got contact to my father second time in 1989 or 1990. I had written a letter to my father’s old address I found from an old suitcase tag. Nabil replied and we decided to visit in Jordan with my fiancee. Many secrets were revealed and some of them changed my life forever. The first surprise was that I was such a big secret. My mother had never warned me about it. Actully she told that I am always welcomed to my fathers place. And because my father let us come to Jordan I didn’t expect any surprices. I got to meet my half-siblings but I was not allowed to tell that I am their half-brother.
On Jordanian TV interview with Rami Khouri Nabil talked about family matters and mentioned my younger half brother Ziad as is his oldest son. That was the time I realized that something is wrong. I was his real oldest son and Ziad is my younger half-brother. My father later explained me that he didn’t want me to be born and it’s my mothers fault that I was born and my life and future is not in Jordan. My opinion was never asked. I would have never guessed what fate will bring to me after these revelations. But these are explainde in my videos linked on this page more deeply.
1994 My visit to London.
I met my cousins Dina, Nadia and Julia Sawalha and my uncle Nadim Sawalha in London 1994. “The Lost Son” term was first used by my uncle Nadim when he saw me in London. This was the first time he met me after my birth in London. My uncle Nadim also welcomed me warmly to London in 1996 to learn some acting trade but then suddenly when I was preparing to travel there everything was cancelled. Nadim’s wife told me that that Nadim has just retired and they can’t invite me to London any more. Then she quickly finished the call. They basically cut all ties to me. My father probably was behind this sudden change as he wanted me to be hidden and not recognized as a family member.
2022 My family members then 1990’s and now after 30 years. My father has not allowed me to meet my family members for 30 years. Here you can see a picture in the middle when I once met my family members in Amman in 1991. New pictures are taken from social media. Here middle image. Nabil Sawalha, my finacee, Lara, Mark, Karim, My fathers new wife, and Omar. Family chart below: