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November 25, 2008 / Διαγόρας ο Μήλιος

When an immigrant falls from the balcony

I translated the following article for Devious Diva.  It appeared on her blog as “Injustice“.  I am reproducing the text (after some editing by her) below.

From the newspaper Avgi published on the 11th of November

When an immigrant falls from the balcony

The employer of a hired worker pushed her off the second floor of her house according to the Greek chapter of the World March of Women and the Athens Feminist Center.

The 22 year old Ethiopian was taken half-dead to the Gennimatas hospital where she has been bedridden ever since. According to the report, the police has accepted the employer’s version of the story, namely that the girl fell from the second floor in order to escape her job and the deportation order against her. The girl was guarded by two police officers inside the hospital while she is still confined to bed.

The reporting parties stress that the husband of the employer is an officer of the Lebanon-based Consolidated Contractors International Company and that the company supported the aforementioned story.

The girl was working for 100 dollars per month which was not being given to her, while her travel documents had been illegally withheld from her. The report speaks of crime concealment.

The reporting parties demand that the girl not be removed from the hospital before her health is restored, that her deportation be canceled, that the employers responsible for pushing her off the balcony be punished and that she is financially compensated.

The weekly publication «Εποχή» mentioned the story, enriching it with more information:

The migrant who had been hired from Dubai as a nanny for the children of her employers, is hospitalised in poor condition in Gennimatas hospital and is guarded by police. Her name is Ali Zahira Mohamed. The company which employed the husband of the perpetrator has returned her passport which he had been holding illegally. The police, rather than protect the victim, have sided with the Palestinian perpetrators who, due to negligence, have managed to leave the country. The girl lives today thanks to the care of the Ethiopian community in Athens and Greek women.

Meanwhile a question to the Ministers of Interior and Health was tabled by SYRIZA M.P. Anna Filini. The MP notes the contradictions of the police who claim that she was arrested on the 15th of October (she was already hospitalised). They also allege that she had entered the country illegally (she had a valid visa) and say that she did not object to being deported (she is bedridden).

Anyone interested in communicating can contact Sonia Mitralia (sonia.mitralia@gmail.com) of World March of Women and Sisy Vovou (svovou@otenet.gr) of Feminist Center of Athens.

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  1. tikno / Jan 4 2009 6:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story.
    I am also sad to know that there are the abuse of migrant worker, and misused, especially workers from developing countries.

    If you have time, please visit my post with the title “Abuse of The Indonesian Migrant Worker”
    http://love-ely.blogspot.com/2008/09/abuse-of-indonesian-migrant-worker.html

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