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Government evacuates Kenyan woman from Albania

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has evacuated a Kenyan citizen who was working in Tirana, Albania.

According to the statement released on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the ministry took the step following the alert received from social media about Ms Joyce Aoko, who needed medication attention.

It is reported that Ms Aoko incurred grave injuries after she was brutally attacked by unknown persons at her place of work in August 2022.

She was hospitalized for treatment and but her condition remains critical, hence, the need for better medical attention.

“Unfortunately, she needed specialized neurological care which was not available in Albania,” the State Department said.

The Kenyan government has urged the government of Albania to conduct speedy and thorough investigations to bring the perpetrators to book even as it evacuates Ms Aoko.

“We found it fit and in Ms Aoko’s best interests, to bring her home to complete her journey of healing among her loved ones.”

Ms Aoko and her mother and the medical team left Albania on Wednesday morning and the plane carrying them is expected to touch down at Wilson Airport later at 8pm.

She will be received at the airport by the Principal Secretary for Diaspora Affairs Ms Roseline K Njogu.

After arrival, Ms Aoko will be taken to Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH) for further treatment.

Also, the State Department said that it will be at the airport to offer free counseling to the family members of Ms Aoko before and after her arrival.

This comes as the administration of President William Ruto assures Kenyans working in the diaspora that their rights will be protected.

Immediately after taking office as the Foreign Affairs CS, Alfred Mutua promised to solve the challenges that Kenyans working and living in Saudi Arabia have been facing for years.

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