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Heartache for mother of battered Kenyan woman in Dubai

Posted by Administrator on February 23, 2012

Esther Mwikamba

Esther Mwikamba

Dubai: A mother’s worst fears have become reality for a Kenyan woman unable to reach her beaten, broken and bruised daughter in a Dubai hospital.

Anna Wanjiru Mwikamba has only learned in recent days that her daughter Esther, 26, was hospitalised after a random attack in a Dubai car park and is now in a coma and on life support.

Word that one Emirati man is in custody and another temporarily released on bail as Dubai police dig deeper into the early-morning assault, has helped soften the blow of the news, she said.

But, with little money and grim prospects for emergency international travel, Anna said the weight of worry about her daughter’s critical condition is beyond description.

“I want to see my Esther,” she said down the crackling telephone line in interview with Gulf News on Thursday from the family’s hometown of Thika, a light industry town 40 kilometres north of Nairobi known for growing pineapples.

“What can I do? I don’t have the money, but I want to see my Esther,” Anna said.

Kenyan Ambassador to the UAE, Mohammad Gello, is eager to help after visiting Esther at her bedside in Rashid Hospital on Thursday with Kenyan community leaders from the UAE.

Minutes after emerging from the visit, Gello said it was “heartbreaking to see her in this condition” and reaffirmed an earlier pledge that embassy and consular diplomatic staff will do everything to support the Mwikamba family in crisis, including legal assistance as the case moves through the courts.

Asked by Gulf News if he could help expedite the processing of travel documents for Esther’s mother, Gello said the embassy would work to make it happen. “The probability is that the mother doesn’t even have a passport but we can arrange for one as soon as possible,” Gello confirmed. “We will do this.”

Gello said is he is also speaking to community leaders who are being swamped with requests by the Kenyan community to financially offset expenses for the Mwikamba family.

The main challenge is finding a registered charity in the UAE that can receive and disseminate donations to the Mwikamba family.

Esther’s youngest sister Catherine told Gulf News  on Thursday that she was grateful for all of the prayers and support and said Esther would very glad to see so many people reaching out to help.

“Esther has always been a very kind person and helped whenever she could,” Catherine said. “This would make her very happy.”

Source: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/heartache-for-mother-of-battered-kenyan-woman-in-dubai-1.985496

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4 Responses to “Heartache for mother of battered Kenyan woman in Dubai”

  1. ITHAVETHI said

    Ni vigumu kuelewa sababu hasa za kuwepo na ofisi za ubalozi katika pembe zote za dunia. Sijui balozi hizi hufunguliwa ziwatumikie nani. Ni kweli kwamba, tangu serikali za Kenyatta na Moi, balozi ziliwahudumia tu wale waliotoka kwa nyumba kubwa. Ubalozi wa Marekani kule Washington DC, kwa mfano, ulijulikana katika utawala wa Moi kama benki ya familia, wachumba, na marafiki wa mawaziri, wabunge, wakuu wa mikoa na wilaya, makamanda wa majeshi na polisi. Ubalozi huo ulitumiwa kama ofisi ya kuwalipia karo Wakenya hawa katika vyuo kama kile cha George Washington, chuo cha Texas katika El Paso, chuo cha New York na kwingineko.

    Hudumu kwa Wakenya wengine wa kawaida ilikuwa duni na ya kusikitisha ajabu. Miaka kadhaa baada ya mabalozi kubadilishwa, wengi wetu wangali na shuku kana kwamba huduma kwa anayehitaji kibali kipya cha kusafiria imebadilika. Nakumbuka nyakati ambazo iliwachukua Wakenya wakati mrefu kupata kibali cha kusafirisha maiti nyumbani. Na ingawa balozi aliyestaafu Mhe Ogengo alifanya mengi kuipa sura mpya na imani katika ubalozi huo, kuna mengi ambayo yangali yanahitajika kufanywa.

    Cha kushangaza ni kwamba nchi za Magharibi kama Marekani, Uingereza, Ureno, Uhispania, Ufaransa, Ujerumani na nyinginezo huweko wananchi wake mbele pale wanapopatwa na matatizo wakiwa nchi za ugenini. Pale waninchi wao wanapowekwa korokoroni au kupatwa na mashtaka, kuwaua, kupotea nyikani au milimani, kutekwa nyara, na kadhalika, serikali hizo hufanya juu chini kuwasaidia kwa kuchukuwa jukumu la kusuruhisha majanga walioyapata.

    Ni Wakenya wangapi tumesoma magazetini na katika vyombo vya habari walioteswa kule Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai iliyo UAE? Na mabalozi hao wanakimya tu na hawafanyi chochote. Wasichokielewa ni kwamba hudumu kutoka kwa mtumishi yeyote wa umma ni LAZIMA. Kumhudumia Mkenya popote aliopo sio kitu cha LABDA. Lakini desturi na mila za Wakenya walio uongozini ni kwamba serikali ni yao na sharti wao wapate hudumu kwanza ikiwemo familia zao. Kweli?

    Ni kwa maantiki hiyo basi, ambapo siafikiani na misimamo yao ya kutompigania dada Esther Mwikamba, eti kwa sababu yeye katoka nyumba ndogo kama ITHAVETHI, na msaada kwake ni LABDA, sio LAZIMA.

  2. wachera said

    i hope you get better Esther so your mother can feel joy again in her life. May almighty God see you through.

  3. charles said

    We may think our country is so bad but it is high time we stop migrating to UAE. This is country that don’t have any human dignity especially to African people. They are practicing modern days slavery and it pathetic our government is not educating our young people to stay away from there. This is not isolated case and it happening all over in mideast including Saudi Arabia.I hope the new devolved government will create employment for Kenyan people and discourage them from going to live in Mideast.

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