'Qatar Kidnapped Me and My Baby and Transferred Us to Djibouti': Yemeni Woman Pleads for Help in a Viral Video

Published August 13th, 2020 - 06:32 GMT
'Qatar Kidnapped Me and My Baby and Transferred Us to Djibouti': Yemeni Woman Pleads for Help in a Viral Video
Twitter users widely shared her calls and demanded that officials do everything they can to help to protect Hayat and her baby. (Twitter: @ee_hayat)

A month after her name made headlines in several Middle Eastern media outlets following receiving threats for exposing domestic violence she had suffered at the hands of her former husband, a Yemeni woman went online to reveal that "she has been forcibly deported to Djibouti with her baby."

Living in Doha for years after getting married to a Qatari man, Hayat appeared in a viral video saying that she's staying in a police station in the capital city of Djibouti, after having been deceived by Qatari officials, who told her she'll be transferred to Jordan; where she has friends who can help take care of her and her baby.

Hayat allegedly found out that her former husband and officials from both the Qatari government and the Yemeni Embassy in Doba were waiting for her in Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, which makes her think her life is threatened, especially that "any attempts to send her to Yemen will get her killed," according to her video.

Following Hayat's videos, Twitter users widely shared her calls and demanded that officials do everything they can to help protect Hayat and her baby.

Social media users also accused Qatari officials of exploiting power, threatening peoples' lives and violating women's rights often "celebrated" by the Qatari government, and being pressured by personal connections they might have with Hayat's former spouse.

Except for Twitter posts by Hayat's personal account, it remains unclear whether Hayat is still taking shelter at the police station in Djibouti or if she was transferred somewhere else. 


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