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Rizana Nafeek is a young Sri Lankan woman on whom the death sentence has been passed by the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia.

This young woman was sent to Saudi Arabia as a 17 year old in 2005 to work as a housemaid with a family. She comes from a modest home in a remote Muslim village in the East of our Country. Within a few weeks of her arrival in Saudi Arabia her employers had left her in sole charge of a four-month old baby. She had been bottle feeding the baby when the baby had choked. As an inexperienced young woman she obviously was unable to handle the situation and the infant died as a result of choking. A charge of murder was brought against her and she was found guilty. She has been in prison for the last five years awaiting a result of her appeal which has now been rejected by the Supreme Court, and her death sentence confirmed.

We are aware that the family of this young woman is confident that she did not intend to murder the baby in her care but that the baby died because this young maid had no experience or training in handling a situation of this nature. She was trained to be a housemaid not a nurse.

I consequently request all our churches, institutions, friends and partners to pray for the withdrawal of the death sentence on Rizana as well as for her release.

The Diocese has also requested the Arch Bishop of Canterbury and the Primate of the Episcopal Church of the United Sates to intervene in this tragic situation and to urge their respective governments to do so too.

With Peace and Blessings,

The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo

03rd November 2010

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bhagya's picture

My dear friends,

This indeed is a difficult situation to decide which women we need to support to. However, our intentions should not be whom to support, but think of the individual as a woman. She must ahve committed a crime. regardless of the fact it is unintentionally or intentionally, we all need to think of the woman's life here.

Bhagya jojo

Corrinne T.'s picture

Did she have any opportunity

Did she have any opportunity to use her voice and explain her experience in the matter?

I imagine that the Saudi courts are very harsh and strict when it comes to those being prosecuted!!!

In solidarity.

Corrinne Theodoru
www.corrinnetheo.com

bhagya's picture

You are right

Dear Friend,
It is ideed difficult for her to seek justice as she prefers in the state she is held accountable for. However, above all this what we can do is to remember her in our prayers, because there is no other way out of this, only god can perform miracles. For others it will be a hard task to decide if she requires the justice she prefers, or she needs to be put to death. But then we need to think about her family involved here as well. She must have gone abroad with the intention of supporting her family to fight poverty. If she dies, it will pave way to more critical problems. This is a difficult situation she is dealing with and for us to draw conclusions from.

Bhagya jojo

brenda busie skosana.'s picture

Leave everything to God

I can not say I know what she is going through but ask that she turn to God,our Heavenly Father for help and guidence. Because only he knows what she is going through, Bhagya turn to God ask him for guidence, have faith in him and he shall sent you free. Remember that we as humans expect God to answer our prayers now but he only answer our parayers when it is time for that thing we have prayed for to happen. It may be hard in prison but remember the is a reason why you are in there now and once you have done what you need to do in there you will be out.

Maybe right now God feels the only way he can save you is by welcoming you into Heaven,I am not saying God wants you to die all I am saying is maybe he wants you to leave this life and move on to a spiritual life in his Kingdom.

You will remain in my prayers.

Brenda Skosana

brenda busie skosana.'s picture

Leave everything to God

I can not say I know what she is going through but ask that she turn to God,our Heavenly Father for help and guidence. Because only he knows what she is going through, Bhagya turn to God ask him for guidence, have faith in him and he shall sent you free. Remember that we as humans expect God to answer our prayers now but he only answer our parayers when it is time for that thing we have prayed for to happen. It may be hard in prison but remember the is a reason why you are in there now and once you have done what you need to do in there you will be out.

Maybe right now God feels the only way he can save you is by welcoming you into Heaven,I am not saying God wants you to die all I am saying is maybe he wants you to leave this life and move on to a spiritual life in his Kingdom.

You will remain in my prayers.

Brenda Skosana

bhagya's picture

Thank you so much

Dear friend,
Thank you so much for your prayers. I am praying too. I ask god for his gudiance to allow this young women to seek justice in not a crucial manner, but to get forgiveness for what she had done knowignly or unknowingly. Its all upto god to decide. Thank you so much once again..

Love,
Bhagya

Bhagya jojo

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