Ethiopian woman commits suicide in Lebanon

16 Mar

I recently posted footage showing an Ethiopian migrant woman in Lebanon being dragged and assaulted by a Lebanese man (two at one stage). It is with absolute disgust that I can now tell you that the woman in the video, 33-year-old Alem Dechasa, committed suicide earlier this Wednesday.

Ethiopia’s consul general broke the news to Reuters: ‘”I went to the hospital today and they said that she hanged herself at 6 o’clock this morning,” Asaminew Debelie Bonssa told Reuters. Dechasa had been taken to hospital in order to recover from her forcible abduction.’

According to the Daily Star newspaper, the Ethiopian consulate in Lebanon has now filed a lawsuit against Ali Mahfouz, the man who was videoed beating Dechasa. I can only hope that the suit will actually go somewhere, rather than just sitting in a file on a judge’s desk for years. The Lebanese government has singlehandedly failed in its duty to protect Dechasa and other migrant workers facing abuse. Home countries, in this case Ethiopia, have also failed to properly inform women seeking domestic work abroad of the difficulties they may face.

4 Responses to “Ethiopian woman commits suicide in Lebanon”

  1. rastaphoto March 17, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    The evil that men do…

    • hiwi March 22, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Let the Lord revenge him for the Innocent blood, up on he & his land

  2. weyn March 22, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    we Ethiopians recognize arabs respectfully but they paid us by killing our ladies, this is animals doing.

  3. bekele March 22, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    what a great false? if she get madness do not cloth properly.
    please you stupid arab citizin leave this lie

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