Maid Commits Suicide in Kuwait by Setting Herself on Fire

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Nov 29 2009

The Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai reported today about the case of a maid who committed suicide in Kuwait in her employer's house in Al-Nahdha. The maid poured gasoline on her body and set herself on fire. Kuwaiti emergency crews found the black, burned body in the bathroom.

The paper doesn't provide any identifying information about the maid such as her name, nationality or age. Newspapers in the region often don't bother reporting the names of dead migrant workers. They are given a few lines in the paper and soon forgotten.

Over the last month there have been 13 suicide or suicide attempts by migrant workers in Kuwait, but we are yet to hear about even one serious investigation into what triggered any of these suicides.

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