Tuesday, 12, July, 2005 (05, Jumada al-Thani, 1426)
RIYADH, 12 July 2005
"The Sri Lankan maid who died in a fire rescuing the child in her charge last week in Jeddah came to the Kingdom just three months after her marriage.
She promised her relatives that she would find the funds to build her dream house back home. Asiyath Umma, 27, in the Kingdom for 18 months, sacrificed her life to rescue her employer eight-year-old boy.
She died of smoke inhalation; the child was subsequently admitted to the hospital for treatment. y niece, who was the only daughter in the family, told her mother and husband that she opted to work abroad since her goal was to build a house of her own,"her uncle, Aboobucker Mohammed Ismail told Arab News.
Ismail, a driver working for a Saudi family, said he was shocked to get the death news of his niece from the Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah. o fulfill her dream, the maid had kept her 11 months?salaries as savings with her sponsor,"he added. Ismail said the deceased relatives in Pulmoddai in eastern Sri Lanka had contacted the Foreign Ministry in Colombo to bring Asiyath body home.
It took hours for me to convince them to bury her in the Kingdom, he noted.