Mother of children fatally stabbed by maid speaks out on horrific crime


By Nadia Al-Fawaz

— The mother of two children allegedly stabbed by an Ethiopian maid in Saudi Arabia has spoken out on the horrific crime in an interview with Al-Arabiya English.

The maid is believed to have attacked the two children while their mother was at work, killing 11-year-old Nawal Al-Qarni and wounding her 14-year-old brother Ali.

In his failed attempt to save his sister, the boy was stabbed in his chest and his stomach before he managed to escape to a nearby bathroom and phone his mother for help.

The maid and the children were alone in the apartment and the mother immediately informed the police.

The boy was rushed to the intensive care of King Khalid Hospital as soon as the authorities arrived at the scene.

The mother was hiding his sister’s death from him until his health condition stabilizes.

She told Al-Arabiya English that a hospital visitor who was offering her condolences inadvertently informed the boy.

She added that Ali, making a slow recovery, has been demanding strict punishment for the maid who admitted she had no motive for the murder.

The mother, who received her daughter’s body on Thursday, said in pain: “Instead of picking her up on her wedding day and dressing her in a white gown, I am going to wash her body and bury her.” — Al-Arabiya English