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Family Members beg against Death Penalty for Senegalese maid who killed employer in Saudi Arabia



Senegalese residents are calling on authorities to negotiate the release of a young woman who killed her employer in Saudi Arabia.

Mbayang Diop, 22, was arrested in June 2016, just weeks after she was allegedly trafficked to the middle eastern nation. Within weeks of arriving in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, she stabbed her employer to death in the capital of Riyadh.

While her guilt is not in question, the cause of her actions is what is being debated. Senegalese civil society groups say Diop may have killed the woman she worked for in self-defense after a dispute, and that the Saudi authorities had not properly investigated the case.

In Saudi Arabia, murderers are typically sentenced to death.

However, friends and family are appealing to Senegalese President Macky Sall to intervene to have her repatriated despite the fact that they believe she is guilty.

Mbayang left Dakar without telling her family, having been approached and offered work as a maid, said her brother, Fallou.

“If she had consulted us, we would have told her not to go,” he said, explaining how other women from their neighborhood in Dakar had also moved to Saudi Arabia with the promise of work.

“She said she couldn’t rest – that the work was very hard.”

Human rights activists are presently campaigning for leniency in her case.


  1. buki

    August 6, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I have lived in Riyadh as a nigerian american and I will never in a million years advise any african to come to saudi or any middle eastern country to work. It is better to live in africa and endure poverty than to come to Saudi arabia. One will question if it is that bad why am i still there, Unless you hold a western passport i.e UK, USA, Australia or canadian passport you will be treated as a slave. Bella Naija, it breaks my heart when I transit through Ethiopia and see the multitude of Nigerians, Ghanaians and kenyans mostly been trafficked through to countries such as Kuwait, Saudi, Yemen, Qatar or dubai in hopes of a better life and they unfortunately arrive and totally shocked that they are going to be used as prostitutes, Maids, etc.

    I see lots of saudis, slapping and kicking maids from Nigeria at the mall, they sit in a restaurant and the whole family will eat pizza and the left over crumbs they gather it and give it to the nigerian maid, its like feeding a dog. Although I can land in Jail for speaking out and intervening, it isnt my place to defend every maid i see in the kingdom been abused. aside been abused publically, what goes on behind close doors is something else, the maids are raped by the father of the house, woe unto you if they have teenage sons, they will also take advantage of the maid sexually. the saudis live in mansions, and they expect you to clean 18hours a day, and at the end of the month they will hold your salary, sometimes beat you if you speak up and finally they will hide your passport. The rapture will begin in saudi arabia, these people are pure EVIL, this is why they are a closed nation, because if the rest of world get to know what they get up to no other country will deal with them. Bella Naija, I am willing to advocate for these vulnerable people is there anyone who can help me campaign for these african countries to stop issuing visas for these vulnerable people from been trafficked

    • Bodunade

      August 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Sad stuff.

    • Nanah

      August 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks so much for this comment… it’s such a sad state of affairs. I applaud you for wanting to help by advocating against the grant of visas by the transit countries. Without support from our government, it would be an uphill task, as a major factor that drives that is government corruption and connivance with human traffickers in those countries. And truly desperate people will attempt to get out of Nigeria by any means possible, and that’s how traffickers are able to take advantage and force them into terribly abusive and traumatic situations, as seen in a recent video and story by the Guardian, although it’s about trafficking in Italy and not Saudi (BN please feature this if you haven’t yet done so). The best long-term solution is to create more jobs at home so that people don’t feel so hopeless that they become potential targets for traffickers. Creating more information and awareness (like your campaign idea) will help too.
      Guardian video and article:

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