Govt Flies Kenyan Worker Assaulted in Albania After Mother's Plea

  • A collage of before and after Joy Aoko fell from a building in Albania in 2022
    A collage of before and after Joy Aoko fell from a building in Albania in 2022
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  • ​​​​​​The government resolved to fly back Joyce Aoko, a Kenyan worker who fell off a storey building in Tirana, Albania, back home after her mother's plea.

    In a statement dated Wednesday, January 25, the State Department for Diaspora Affairs, announced that it organised her repatriation after her condition worsened.

    "We found it fit and in Aoko’s best interests, to bring her home to complete her journey of healing among her loved ones," the letter read in part.

    Undated photo of Joy Aoko posing for a photo
    Undated photo of Joy Aoko posing for a photo
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    The state department added that the lady, who was hospitalised for months in Albania, needed specialised medical attention.

    "She was hospitalised for treatment and has been in critical condition. Unfortunately, she needed specialised neurological care which was not available in Albania," the State Department noted.

    A plane flying Aoko and her mother will touch down at Wilson Airport at 8 p.m, where she will be received by Diaspora Affairs Principal Secretary Roseline Njogu.

    PS Njogu made arrangements to move her to the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH) for further treatment soon after her arrival

    Moreover, the government will offer free counselling to Aoko and members of her immediate family.

    On the other hand, the state assured that it would work with the Albanian Government to ensure that those who assaulted the 22-year-old are nabbed and prosecuted.

    A police report filed by her neighbour claimed that Aoko had fallen out with a colleague who allegedly sexually assaulted her after dropping her home.

    However, her mother refuted the claims, stating that her daughter had not complained of any harassment at work. She raised suspicion over her roommate.

    In a detailed interview, the parent claimed that Aoko's housemate refused to write a report with the police, declined to speak to her and stopped her from visiting her daughter.

    Permanent Secretary (PS) of the State Department for Diaspora Affairs Roseline Njogu during a past event
    Permanent Secretary (PS) of the State Department for Diaspora Affairs Roseline Njogu during a past event
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