Pinay suffers nervous breakdown in Syria

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2012 09:57 PM | Updated as of Mar 28 2012 05:57 AM

KUWAIT – The Philippine Rapid Response Team (RRT) rescued a Filipina household service worker who allegedly had a nervous breakdown in strife-torn Syria.

Ambassador Ricardo Endaya said the RRT went to a house in Al-Mashta Al Helou in Syria to rescue a 31-year old Pinay worker.

“Malaki raw ang problema nito sa pamilya, lagi niyang iniisip mga anak niya at asawa niya at siguro na rin yung mga narasanasan niyang mga putukan at mga kaguluhan sa paligid niya sa may Al Mashta,” said Endaya.

The Pinay is married and has one child. The native of Cagayan Valley has been employed in Syria for three years.

“Kahapon nong nakita namin siya, nagsasalita siyang mag-isa, nagdarasal na mag-isa at pag tinatanong namin ng mga personal na bagay tungkol sa kanyang pamilya, nasasagot naman niya,” Endaya said.

Endaya said they immediately arranged for a doctor to check on the Pinay. The worker will be brought to Damascus where embassy personnel will accompany her to a hospital.

The embassy has notified the worker’s family of her rescue and repatriation.

Meanwhile, Endaya and the rest of the RRT are still going around Syria to rescue more Filipinos.

“Nandito kami ngayon sa Al Mashta, umalis muna kami sa Homs dahil binobomba na ng government forces ang mga rebelde kaya pagkakataon na lumipat sa Al-Mashta na maabot din namin ang mga OFW dito na gustong umuwi,” he said.

Endaya once again urged Filipinos in Syria to avail of the government’s repatriation program.

“Hindi na po biru-biro ang kalagayan dito sa Syria. Kumakalat na po ang gulo pati sa mga lugar na medyo tahimik nagkakaroon na ng military confrontation between the government and rebel forces,” he said.
 
A total of 1,119 Filipinos have availed of the Philippine government’s repatriation program in Syria, while 191 more are staying at the halfway house in Damascus waiting for their turn to be repatriated. -- Report from Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau