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I’m dying, help me! Kenyan abandoned in Saudi Arabian hospital

By Nyaboga Kiage December 12th, 2022 2 min read

Kenyans working in Saudi Arabia are asking for help identifying an ailing woman who was dumped in a hospital by her employer.

Ms Lucy Wambui Muchoki, who hails from Murang’a County is admitted to King Khalid Hospital where she is fighting stomach complications.

In a statement on the matter, Kenyans living in Saudi Arabia also circulated her image asking anyone who knows her to reach out and help Ms Wambui.

“Lucy alipatwa na shida ya tumbo akiwa Saudia naakaenda hospitali na kurudi then akazidiwa akarudishwa hospitali tukaambiwa anafanyiwa upasuaji wa tumbo (Lucy was diagnosed with stomach complications, she was hospitalised and the last we heard was that she is supposed to undergo surgery),” the statement read in part.

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It later emerged that the doctors took her to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and that the last message she sent to her friends in Kenya.

The friends say the last message she sent, read, “I’m dying.”

On November 25, 2022, an amateur video emerged on social media where an activist alleged that Ms Wambui’s employer had demanded Sh450,000 before he could officially release her back to the family.

In the video, the activist asked the Kenyan government to intervene and ensure that they assist the lady who was in the hospital.

“No one has posted on this matter yet it is clear that the lady is suffering. Everyone has now concentrated on other issues,” said the activist.

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A month ago, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr Alfred Mutua said that he will deal with the challenges Kenyans working and living in Saudi Arabia were facing.

The CS also said that he will ensure that he comes up with solutions to the challenges and ensure that Kenyans working in Gulf have better working conditions.

After his trip, CS Mutua shared his thoughts through his official Twitter page on Thursday, November 1 evening.

In a series of Tweets, Mutua says that the main issues affecting the export of labour to Saudi Arabia are corruption, the existence of cartels, and illegal travel agents in the sector.

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