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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Family in Ethiopia is still unaware of Ethiopian domestic worker who died in Bahrain in January

Just another day with this tragic news which has become almost not uncommon for many Ethiopian girls and women whose lives cut short while searching for better life in the oil rich Arab countries. Sadly but truly, the exodus of these desperate women to their death trap is not to stop in the near future, as life is getting tougher and unbearable by day in their home country where the few TPLF cadres and their loyalist getting richer while millions of Ethiopians are struggling to meet the ends. This young Ethiopian woman most probably forced to end her life due to unimaginable physical, psychological, emotional and other pressures which millions of migrant workers have to go through by  their middle-eastern employers on daily basis. We have said millions times Rest in Peace to victims of to such cases in the past; but have we thought what impact this cliche term has done anything to change the way our sisters and mothers are being treated at home and abroad? NOTHING, I would say.      
Aiqa Haider of The Gulf Daily News reported that relatives of Ethiopian domestic worker who committed suicide in a government shelter more than two months ago are still unaware of her death, according to community leaders.

Ethiopian Etagegnw Beyene Ebiso, 22, was found hanging in the bathroom of the shelter just hours after she was taken there by police on January 9.
The GDN earlier reported that Ms Ebiso ran away from her Bahraini employer, seeking help at the Isa Town Police Station.
Gebreslassie Demmelash, a leading member of the Ethiopian community, said delays in repatriating Ms Ebiso's body were due to lack of a diplomatic mission in Bahrain.
"We haven't contacted the family as we are still trying to finish legal formalities to repatriate her body," he told the GDN.
"We contacted her sponsor, who said it's not his responsibility to pay for the repatriation as she ran away from his house.
"We are now trying to raise funds among community members to cover the cost.
"We will go to the Social Development Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry to see if they can be of any help to us."
Mr Demmelash earlier said nobody knew why Ms Ebiso took her life or ran away from her employer because of the language barrier.
He said Ms Ebiso's family members are still unaware of her death.
"We haven't informed her family as they would freak out and ask to send her body back home, which could take time as we need to complete formalities," he added.
"It's more than two months and her body is still lying in (Salmaniya Medical Complex) morgue, so we are trying to finish this matter soon."
The GDN earlier reported that police called Mr Demmelash after Ms Ebiso arrived at the station to translate, but he was sleeping and by the time he returned the call, it was too late.
He earlier said he was lobbying the Ethiopian government to stop young women from travelling to Bahrain to work as housemaids.


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