(originally posted here on 19 Aug 2005)
An 18 year old Sri Lankan maid hung herself early morning Wednesday, at her host’s house in Sidon, Lebanon.
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Sri Lankan Thushara Delrokshi, employed by Hilal Nasser and Rima Faour just 20 days earlier, having only arrived in Lebanon on July 22.
The lousy Hariri rag (Al-Mustaqbal) even mocked her death: they said that her love of her country has killed her.
I grew up in a household where Sri Lankan maids were treated worse than animals, sent to the “office” for disciplining, made to sleep in attics, made to eat leftovers, locked indoors with their passports confiscated.
They forced her to work impossible hours, giving foot massages until 2 am then rising at six to make breakfast. And for half a year, the Arab family that hired Lisa, a Filipina maid, paid her nothing.
I can’t stop crying.
After I jumped off the balcony, I blacked out. I woke up later in the hospital, paralyzed. Eventually, I got a flight home to Sri Lanka . I didn’t speak much about what had happened to me.
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