Video: Ethiopian maid in Kuwait balcony plunge describes terror
The domestic worker has spoken to Ethiopian media for the first time since a video went viral showing her clinging to a window ledge before losing her grip and dropping seven floors.
She escaped without major injury.
"I am fine, thank God, I am fine," she said in a video as she lay in a hospital bed after the fall.
She suffered a broken arm and bleeding from her ear and nose.
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"I was trying to save myself; my employer locked me in the bathroom and was about to kill me. She wanted to throw my body out without anybody finding out, so instead of staying there, I jumped."
In the video, she said God had protected her from a worse fate, had her employer grabbed her when was she hanging on to the ledge.
Several media outlets have recycled what seems to be the most common, but false, narrative, that the maid was attempting suicide.
They appeared to rely on the fact that many Arabic-language social media sources also claimed it was a suicide attempt, but without any substantial proof.
In the Arab world, when a domestic worker is seen in this sort of a situation, the first assumption is often that they were attempting suicide. This discourse sadly remains dominant until proven otherwise.