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March 14, 2012

The Ethiopian maid abused on video, committed suicide

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

"The Ethiopian woman abused in broad daylight by a Lebanese man and caught on amateur video committed suicide on Wednesday, a local NGO has confirmed.

Alem Desisa, an Ethiopian domestic worker, killed herself Wednesday morning at the Deir El Saleeb mental hospital north of Beirut, Najla Shahda, Director of Caritas' Migrant Center told Al-Akhbar.

Desisa's case received widespread attention after an amateur video aired by Lebanese television network, LBCI, last week showed a Lebanese man, allegedly her boss, physically assaulting her in front of the Ethiopian embassy.

Desisa had been at the Deir El Saleeb hospital for two weeks after Caritas requested Lebanon's General Security remove her from the abusive man's home.

"We asked them (General Security) to send her to the psychiatric hospital," Shahda said.

The incident in front of the Ethiopian embassy, although aired last week, occurred much earlier, Shahda said, adding that Caritas was aware of the case before the video surfaced.

"We have been sending a social worker to the hospital to help the woman," Shahda said.

Caritas has not yet planned legal action against the Lebanese man, identified by local media as Ali Mahfouz, caught abusing Desisa on the video.

A source inside the Internal Security Forces (ISF) said Mahfouz was arrested on Friday afternoon, and an investigation has been launched into the incident.

The source could not confirm whether Mahfouz was still in custody, but the man was spotted roaming freely in Hamra, Beirut over the weekend by a witness."

Here is our original post with the video


Very sad. I just hope they exhaust every possibe senario and bring justice to the woman's family.

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