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Maid injured in fall from second floor

On April 21, 2008

ABU DHABI — A 40-year-old Filipina housemaid suffered serious injuries and was admitted to a hospital after she fell from the second floor of a building in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

A police official who did not want to be named told Khaleej Times the maid was apparently trying to escape from the apartment of her employer.

The maid, he added, had arrived in the country three years ago and was under the sponsorship of a friend of the Arab family for whom she was working at the time of the incident.

The alleged attempt to escape from her employer's apartment took place early in the morning while the Arab family was asleep. She tied a rope to a balcony railing and tried to lower herself. However, she lost her balance and fell. Also, she hit the air-conditioner of a restaurant which was jutting out before she hit the ground.

The head of the Arab family when questioned by the police about the incident said, "We treated her well. We have no idea why she committed this act."`

The police are investigating.

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