Qatar organ trafficking allegations
by Xavier Symons | 4 Mar 2017 |
An Indonesian woman claims that she had her kidney “stolen” while working as maid in Qatar.
Sri Rabitah, who travelled to the country for as a guest worker in 2014, says that she was operated on at what was supposed to be a routine medical check-up in a hospital.
Sri says she was placed under anaesthetic without explanation, and discovered stitches on her stomach after she woke up.
Sri also alleges that she was abused by her employer during her time working in the country.
She is now calling on the Indonesian government to take legal action against the alleged organ traffickers. “I want the government to sue the perpetrator. My kidney was stolen”.
This incident comes in the wake of the arrest of two Saudi men in Egypt in late last year, after authorities allegedly discovered that they had solicited organs from organ traffickers.
Parramatta is just 20 minutes west of the BioEdge office. It’s not a city which has made a huge mark on the world, although not long ago an ISIS-inspired teenager shot dead a police employee and ended up dead himself. It has a lot of historic buildings from the colonial era, surrounded by high rise office buildings, drab shops and a huge park.
A few weeks ago the park hosted Tropfest, billed as the world’s largest short film festival. The crowds watched the films on huge screens as they picnicked on the grass. I was amazed that the winner was a 7-minute film about euthanasia, “The Mother Situation”. With excellent acting and snappy dialogue, it is a brilliant black comedy. Three adult children are delighted to hear that their mother wants to be euthanised – but then she changes her mind.
The director, Matt Day, says that it is not an anti-euthanasia film, but I haven’t seen anything which illustrates more vividly the danger of elder abuse. Sure, it’s absurd and a bit unrealistic but it sends a powerful message. Check it out.
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