Nairobi — A family in Mombasa is mourning a 21-year-old woman reported to have died mysteriously two days ago in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Ms Fatima Masoud is asking the government to help the family unravel the death of her daughter, Hadija Masoud.
Ms Masoud said they received the shocking news on Tuesday from the girl’s agent. According to Ms Fatima, her daughter had complained of being mistreated by her employer.
“We want the government to find out what happened to our daughter since she died in a different town from where she was supposed to be working,” Ms Masoud.
A few months ago, a Kenyan woman was allegedly killed in the Middle East country. Ms Masoud said they had received conflicting reports about the way her daughter died.
She said: “Preliminary information I received was that my daughter hanged herself, but another person called me later and informed me that she took poison. We want the Kenyan embassy in Saudi Arabia to give us the right information.”
Speaking at her house in Kisauni, the mother said she wants to bury her daughter. “I want to see the body of my child,” she said amid tears.
The family also wants to know how their daughter ended up working in Dammam instead of Riyadh where she was supposed to be staying.
The woman’s aunt Aisha Ali said: “We suspect foul play. The procedure of taking our daughter to Dammam was not followed to the letter. We want the government to stop human trafficking,” Ms Ali said.