Ethiopian domestic worker beaten on camera commits suicide The dailystar

March 14th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

BEIRUT: The Ethiopian domestic worker whose beating outside her country’s consulate was widely publicized on video committed suicide Wednesday morning, Ethiopia’s consul general in Lebanon confirmed to The Daily Star.

Alem Dechasa, 33, hanged herself using her bed sheets between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., Ethiopian General Consul Asaminew Debelie Bonssa said doctors told him. He spoke to The Daily Star while returning from the hospital Psychiatrique de la Croix Hospital, known as Deir al-Salib. Police took her to the hospital after the incident.

The video released by LBCI last week showed Dechasa moaning as a man, later identified as Ali Mahfouz, beat her and forced her into a car. According to Bonssa, who said Dechassa was in Lebanon illegally, the incident took place two weeks prior to its release. Mahfouz said Dechasa had previously attempted suicide.

Bonssa said he saw Dechasa Saturday and she appeared fine. Bonssa also said doctors told him they checked on her at 5 a.m. this morning and when they returned at 6 a.m. she was dead.

Bonssa said he was “deeply shocked” by the news.

The hospital declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.

  1. MAKIY
    | #1


  2. ነቢዩ ሲራክ
    | #2

    በሊባኖስ ቤሩት መሬት ለመሬት እየጎተች ስትንገላታ ከቀናት በፊት የተመለክትናት እህት ዛሬ ማለዳ በህክምና ስትረዳ ከቆየችበት የዓዕምሮ ሆስፒታል ማረፏ ከቤሩት ቆንስል መስሪያ ቤት ያገኘሁት ታማኝ መረጃ ያስረዳል ፡፡ መከራኛዋ እህት ቤሩት ውስጥ በሚገኝ ታዋቂ ሆስፒታል እርዳታ እየተደርገላት በነበረችበት ሁኔታ ትናንት ምሽት ሄደው ወደ ሆስፒታል ጎራ በማለት ለደህንነት ሲባል ሙሉ ስሟ የማልገልጸው እህት እንዳነጋገሯት የገለጹልኝ ባለስልጣን ተረጋግታ ስለሁለት ልጆችዋ ስላልስመረው ትዳሯና ስለተሰደደችበት ህይዎትና ሌላም ሌላም የግል ህይዎቷ ተረጋግታ እንዳጫዎተቻቸው ባደረግነው ቃለ ምልልስ ገልጸውልኛል፡፡ ምሽት ላይ ይህን ከልጅትዋ ጋር አሳልፈው ዛሬ ማለዳ ላይ ሳያልሙት የሰሙት ዜና እረፍቷ እንዳስደነገጣቸው የገለጹልኝ ሲሆን ጉዳዩ እንዲጣራ ሆስፒታሉን መጠየቁን ገልጸውልኛል፡፡ እዚያው ቤሩት ጉዳዩን የሚከታተሉት አንዳንድ ኢትዮጵያውያን በበኩላቸው በዱብዳው ዜና ግራ በመጋባት ደህና መሆኗን ተመልክተው ተስፋን ጥለው ባለበት ወቅት ሊያምኑት ባልቻሉት የዚህች ምንዱብ እህት ራሷን በአንሶላ አንቃ ገደለች የሚል ምክንያት ፍጹም ሊቀበሉት የማይችሉት መሆኑን በመግለጽ ቁጣቸውን ገልጸውልኛል፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ቆንስል ሃላፊዎች እያደረግጉት ያለው አይገባንም ? የማይረዱን ከሆነ ይህንን ሃገር ጥለው ይውጡ ? እስከሚል ቁጣ የተቀላቀለበት ስሜት አስተያየታቸውን የሰጡኝ መብት ተከራካሪ እህት ከህክምናው አንጻር ጥብቅ ቁጥጥር በማይለየው የአዕምሮ ሆስፒታል አንዲት እህት በአንሶላ ራሷን አንቃ ገደለች የሚለውን የሆስፒታሉ ምላሽ እንደማይቀበሉት አስተያየታቸውን ሰጠተዋል፡፡ አንዳንድ ነዋሪዎችም በበኩላቸው ለዚህች ወጣት ሃላፊነቱን መውሰድ ያለባቸው የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ተወካዮች ናቸው በማለት ወቀሳቸውን ገልጸውልኛል፡፡
    ነብስ ይማር እንጅ ምን ይባላል ! አሳዛኝ ታሪኩና መረጃው ቀሪዎችን ካስተማረ ከቆንስልና ከኮሚኒቲው ሃላፊዎች ከዚያም አልፎ በቤሩት ከሚገኙ ነዋሪዎች ያገኘሁትን መረጃ በድምጽ አስደግፌ ላቀርብላችሁ ዝግጅቴን ለማጠናቀቅ የቀረኝ ጥቂት መረጃዎችን ማካተት ብቻ ነው ፡፡ አልነሳ ያለኝ የአንባሳደሩ ስልክ እንዲነሳ ጸሎት አድርጉ ! ሙሉ ዘገባውን በነገው የጀርመን ራዲዮ ተከታተሉ. . .
    ነቢዩ ሲራክ ከሳውዲ አረቢያ

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    sad sad sad

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    unbelievable. don’t think so. they must have killed her. to cover up the abuse. this is the barbaric arab and weyane job. no doubt about it. stupid bonssa ( real name maybe hagos).

  5. Zerayakob Yared
    | #5

    I’m so sad and angry!

    ውድ ሟቿ የአገሬ ልጅ, ዘላለማዊ ሰላሙን ይስጥሽ!

    ከብዙ አመታት በፊት በልጅነቴ ጊዚያት አዲስ አበባ/ተክለሃይማኖት አደባባይ ላይ አ. ገልሃል ተብሎ የተሰቀለው የመርካቶ ልጅ, ሲሰቀል የሰጠው የመጨረሻ ቃሉ እየደረሰ ነውን? ተሰቃዩ የመርካቶው ልጅ የመጨረሻው ትንፈሱ እንደሚከተለው ነበር;

    “ኢትዮጵያ, አረብ ይግዛሽ, ጥቁር ውሻም ወለጂ!”

    ኢትዮጵያውያን ምን ይደረግ ትላላችሁ!? በኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ በየቦታው በደል በዛ !

  6. ALEX
    | #6

    R,I,P my sister ,,, GOD BLEES UR SOUL

  7. ደርቤ ቀጀላ
    | #7

    No! No! Alem did not commit sucide.
    she is strangled by these savage Lebanese.
    It is an atrocious crime.
    They did it to cover up. That is it.
    We must avenge her death.
    Death to the barbaric and primitive Arabs.
    Death to the Woyane regime.
    Death to Melese and his runnung dogs.
    God bless her soul

  8. Rest in peace
    | #8

    Get this the Lebanon have an image problem and they they are doing everything to cover their crime. When the Ethiopian airline was shot down they blamed the pilot although there were many people who witnessed it was engulfed with flame when it went down. Now the Ethiopian woman was abused by this animals we don’t know how– given what we saw doing out in public God know how much suffering she has to endure behind close doors. if she come out and tell all the abused she suffered they know it would smug Lebanon’s image so Hesbula and organized terrorist came up overnight with solution to kill her. She was to get away from this animals why she would hang herself once she is in the safe place. It has all the Hazbula finger print on it. Most of all Ethiopian counsel in Lebanon is just a side show . sad.

  9. Rest in peace
    | #9

    Israel— I do understand you now.

  10. Egazbehir Nefsisin Yemar
    | #10

    RIP Alem, and may God bless your soul. My soul is crying for you, we are hostage by these dehumanized people, TPLF, who are in power for 20 years but operate like wild animals. It is an agonizing pain to learn the that people who abused you and killed you are saying you killed yourself. The used to rape and kill their victims without remorse. it is paramount important we demand a criminal and forensic study is done by independent body to examine the circumstance of her death.

    It is important to know that human trafficking, in Ethiopia is done by people who are in power, TPLF the mafia group. who is willing to sell anything and everything. we should tell them to stop doing that if they can’t provide adequate protections to those whom they send to ME virtually for slavery.

  11. Zerayakob Yared
    | #11

    #4, aka PHOBIC-HAGOS

    you are the most stupid anonymous i meet in Abugida.

    ለተግባራትህ የማሌሊት ጉርሻ አለውን!?

  12. beyu
    | #12

    ETHIOPIANS ARE BECOMING THE MOST ABUSED, DEGRADED, CASTIGATED people in the middle east even in Europe (Norway). Our people are being raped, beaten up, their possessions taken away, some even their bodies mutilated and their organs taken out for sale in the deserts of Libya, Sinai, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

    Those who could not make it drown in the mediterranean and arabian sea.

    Why do we have to suffer so much is simply because we have been forced out of our country because of poverty, lack of basic freedom to work and live freely in our own country.

    Every day TPLF are making laws that makes us tenants and second class citizens in a country we call our own. TPLF are narrowing down the windows of opportunity for any one to make a living in our own country. you have to be the in the ‘right’ ethnic group or political grouping to get a job. You have no right to say or do any thing unless you get permission from TPLF.

    THE only people who survive in Ethiopia are TPLF partisans.
    It is no wonder the world also mistreats us, ETHIOPIANS.

    The misery will continue because we chose to endure and accept it. It is our own fault. No body, even the TPLF is to be blamed.

  13. astra
    | #13

    Israelis say “to understand the evil nature of the Arabs, study the Lebanese.” Four times as many Lebanese leave out of Leabanon as those who live there. They are a people devoid of Humanity and only hungry for money and exploitation. Study West Africa ans you find the Lebanese everywhere exploiting West Aericans and allied with the African dictators.
    I am sure they have killed this defenseless woman and hanged her corpse.Let God rest her soul in peace and let God protect her two little children she had left in Ethiopia and on whose behalf she was suffering extreme slavery in a completely evil environment

  14. teodros
    | #14

    Sorry the libaneses has burned our boing get, and killed a lot of peoples and now look officially they have killed our daughter, what are we waiting for?. this thing has to be answered by woyanes. after the libaness has killed our daughter they want to say us that she hanged herself, imagin how stupid they are?

  15. Ethiopian from Minnesota, U.S.A
    | #15

    When an Ethiopian is abused and humiliated in the hands of a non-ethiopian in a foreign country, it shows the inadequacy and incompetence of the Ethiopian Embassy. The Embassy is the mirror and reflection of the Ethiopian government which has proven itself inadequate and incompetent to protect and stand for its citizens. The Ethiopian regime has proved itself to be the abuser of its people than the protector. No wonder that its people and citizens do not get respect as human beings by the “Getawoch and Emebetoch” of the Arabs. It should be humiliating to Meles Zenawi that he cannot stand for this poor girl in Beirut. He should have held his idiot, inhuman and heartless ambassador in Lebanon. What a shame to the country of Ethiopia. God bless the soul of Alem Dechassa>

  16. zeakulai
    | #16

    Yes,we lost our sister tragecally;the main focus should be on how to quickly get rid of the enemy from our country as it has been the main cause of the suffering of our people.

    What our enemy,the enemy that invaded our country in 1991 has been doing to Ethiopians must not be overlooked or should not be regarded as just minor things;rather,it must be really taken as distructive action with greater risk of afftecting the country and the people.

    Our sister was brutally mistreated in front of woyanai consulate`;worse enough,the man,the cruel and irrisponsible man from the conulate made life worse on our unfortunate sister by telling the world that she is illegally working in Lebanon,may digruss fall upon him by the will of God.

    This Woyane consulate clearly stood against our dear sister`s basic rights and has made her life unmanageable leading to the lose of her life.Therefore,all Ethiopians must clearly understand how woyane operates on a daily basis to prolong its opression and suppression on Ethiopians in all walks of life at any place and any time when and whereever it likes and wants.Ethiopians,make your effort to completely get rid of this enemy of ours and our sisters.

  17. peace
    | #17

    Ananymous and Zereyakob,

    Ananymous, Zereyakob didn’t like your comment because it was the truth. There is nothing that will irritate Weyanes than the truth. Now, they are going to commit more crimes to Ethiopian people because of our commnet.

    by the way, many representatives that are called Oromos such as Aba dula, etc, are not Oromos. During 80s starvation, many Tigryans were moved to South and were raised there therefore speak Oromiffa. TPLF identified these people and made them to represent Oromo region staging as Oromos in fact they do everything for TPLF and not for Oromia or Southern region. If anyone has seen the documentary “Black Gold” about Ethiopian coffee farmers and Starbucks, the man who was on the film pretending to protect the coffee growers is not Oromo or from South, he is the Same Tigryans who speaks Oromiffa but works only for the benefit of tPLF. So Ananymous, you are right, this ambassador is most likely Tigryans staging as Oromo.

  18. Mulugeta
    | #18

    Let us make sure the tragic death of Alam Dechassa is not in vain and change it to positive force that would help next victims or prevent future abuses.

    Please sign the petition calling for an end to violence against domestic workers in the middle east on:

  19. Ethiopian from Minnesota, U.S.A
    | #19

    This forum is supposed to be a forum to express our sorrows and condolences to the untimely passing of our daughter, sister, and friend, Alem Dechassa. She is the symbol of our poverty ridden country which cannot feed its people, and in search of better life, they become victims of unimaginable circumstances. How many hundreds of our sisters and brothers have disappeared from the face of this earth in foreign lands, deserts, seas, rivers, forests, or homes? How many of them are gone unaccountable? How many families are waiting in anguish for their beloved ones to come back home? Thousands of them. Though we all are victims of the unbelievable political reality that has hovered on Ethiopia for more than ages, it is not proper to equate all of our Tigregna speaking fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts. uncles, nieces, nephews, children and friends as Weyane. Weyane is a political cartel whose mission is to make Ethiopians, regardless of the ethnic affinity, its slaves, and Ethiopia as its personal piggy jar. Weyane is an economical cartel whose mission is to sell Ethiopia for money to Chinese, Indian, Arabs, Turks, and others to enrich the pockets of Meles & Azeb, and the privileged members of the ruling party – EPRDF. The poor people of Tigray have not benefited except the criticism of the critiques. It is very important for non-Tigrignea speaking Ethiopians to be careful not to wholesale our criticism of Weyane-EPRDF. Our criticism should absolutely be directed to this politico-economical cartel, not to the general Tigrignea speaking Ethiopians. Weyane-EPRDF is the enemy of our Country because of its abuse of the power that it holds, not because some of its members are Tigrignea speaking Ethiopians. Weyane-EPRDF is considered unpatriotic politico-economical cartel because its agenda is geared towards tearing apart the fabric of unity of Ethiopia with its diverse ethnicity, not because its leaders come from Tigrignea speaking part of Ethiopia. Ethiopia is not monolithic in its population, not mono-linguistic regarding the means of communication of its population, or mono-religious in the belief of its populace. Its beauty is its diversity which has been revered and kept for thousands of years from generation to generation. Weyane-EPRDF wants to dismantle this firmly rooted diversity. That is why we oppose and disagree with this self-aggrandizing and self-enriching politico-economical cartel, not because the most powerful members of this cartel are from Tigrignea speaking part of Ethiopia. I suggest and urge my brothers and sisters on this forum not to engage in ethnic bashing manner. We have to be better than what some of us comment. It is not constructive to be ethnic racist. Civility will bring us together even if we politically differ. Thanks.

  20. Zerayakob Yared
    | #20

    “በቀለን ከሓጎስ,ሓጎስን ከዋቅጅራ መለየት የሌለበት….” የምትለዋን አረፍተ ነገር ካስቀመጥኩባት እለት ጀምሮ, ሓጎስ-Hagos የሚያሰኛቸው ሰዎች ( ኮሜንት ሰጪዎች ) በዝተዋል:: ትግራዋይ ለማለት መሆኑ ነው::

    ምንም እንኳን የትግራይ ህዝብ ባካሄደው ትግል ጠላቶቹን ለመስበር ቢሳካለትም, የጦርነት ድል በተገኘ በነጋታው ሳይሆን የእለቱ-እለት ማታው ላይ, ወይንም ገና ጦርነቱ እየተካሄደ ባለበት ስዓታት ላይ ጀምሮ, ከጦርነቱ ጋራ ጭንጋፍ ግንኙነት በነበረው የማሌሊት ሃይል, ድሉ ተቀምቶ ሲያበቃ, ይሄ ድል በጭንጋፎቹ ማፍያ ማሌሊት አወላጋጅነት ለኢትዮጵያውያን ማስጠቂያና መበደያ መሳርያ ሆኖ እየተገለገለበት ነው::

    የዚህ መበደል በቅድሚያ ተጠቂ የትግራይ ህዝብ ነው::

    ከዚህም በመነሳት ማንኛውንም ማሌሊት ላካሄደችው በደለኛ ተግባራት በቀጥታም ሆነ በተዘዋዋሪ “ሓጎሶች-Hagos” ብሎ ብሎ በጅምላ በትግራይ ህዝብ ላይ መለደፍ የለበትም በሚለው አባባሌ አሁንም እፀናለሁኝ::

    peace’ም ብትሆን ምንም እንኳን ከላይ በሰጠኸው አስተያየት ላይ ያልተገነዘብከኝ ብትመስልም, ለወደፊቱ ይኸንን አባባሌን ተገንዝበህልኝ ከጎኔ እንደምትቆም አልጠራጠርም

    መልካም ሰንበቱን አውሎ, ቸር-ቸሩን ያሰማን!

  21. Zerayakob Yared
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    ከላይ ያለውን አስተያዬቴን ከላኩልህ በኋላ ሌላ ቦታ ሳገላብጥ, የኔን አባባል የሚደግፈውን ቃልህን እንደሚከተለው አገኘሁት;

    “…….We need to destory this ethnic card because this is exactly the cause of our misery because we refuse to unite against this foreign mercenary called TPLF………”

    ታድያ ከላይ 17′ን ምን ይሉታል………..!!!!?????? በየቦታው በተለያየ መንፈስ መናገር ወይንስ አለመደማመጥ !?

  22. Zerayakob Yared
    | #22


    ጊዳዳዎቹ እና ወልደጊዮርጊሶቹም በልጅነታቸው የተሰደዱ ናቸው ወይንስ ከዚያው የበቀሉ ሆዳሞች!?

    እዚሁ እኔ የምኖርበት አካባቢም ያሉና ምንም አይነት አንዳችም የሰሜን ደም የሌለባቸው ከደብረዘይት እስከ ነቀምቴ ድረስ የበቀሉ ማሌሊት በእኔ ላይ የምታዋፍራቸው THE ABA HODDAMOCH ነገሮችም አሉና ግድ የለም ነገሩን በጥሞና እናስተውለው!!

    | #23

    REALLITY: our sisters are being inslaved in arab, we are living a somewhat confortable life in the west, our ppl in ethiopia are struggling to buy a piece of bread
    SAD: some weyane ass lickers are trying to tell us the positive side of y the goverment watched the abuse and torture of the poor girl infront of the so called “ethiopian embassy” but was unable to stop them when they took her to the car.
    Tomorrow if ur sister is being raped and killed infront of the embassy they will do them same. count my words
    If a goverment cant stand for its people, then their is no need for it.
    to the weyane achebachabiwoch………tell me what they did on behalf of this girl? to her family? to her lil kids? if u cant….suck on some lolipops.
    The following is the contact info for the ethiopian embassy in lebanon
    Ethiopia Consulate General , Lebanon

    Badaro, Sami el Solah Highway, Manhaton Bldg. 2nd Floor

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