I was recently wondering what had happened to Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan girl who earlier this year was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia. Her crime: she worked for a family there and was left in charge of their baby, and while it was in her care, it died.
Nafeek was a minor, a child, when this happened; she had been sent to Saudi Arabia as a maid, not a nanny, and had no childcare training. The employment agency that placed her in that household had falsified her age. She certainly did not intentionally cause the baby’s death. The baby’s family could offer her clemency, but has declined to do so. Initially, Nafeek’s case got lots of media attention, but lately, with even worse things going on in her home country (more on that in another post), she seems to have dropped off the radar of most outlets.
So what’s happened to her? Looks like she’s in the same boat as before—still in jail and waiting for an appeal. The fourth paragraph of this story suggests some outs—but honestly, I’m not quite clear what they are. “Blood money”?
I hope she gets out of jail. Either way, media outlets should cover what happens to her. But it looks like months after her incarceration, her story is losing its trendiness. One of the moments when I am frustrated with journalism. (Not to mention the lack of coverage for all the other stuff going on in Sri Lanka. But like I said, that’s another post.)