A 23-year-old Filipina household service worker (HSW) is appealing for help after she suffered horrific burns on her body after her employer doused her with boiling water.
Photos of Fatma (not her real name), showing burns on her back and legs, were posted by her cousin on Facebook last Saturday (May 17). These photos went viral, with many netizens expressing support and prayers for Fatma.
Fatma, who is from Pikit, North Cotabato, said she had been working for the Arab family for only two months before the incident. She was not given her salary or provided with proper meals.
“Yong mga tirang mga pagkain nila, sabi ng amo kong matanda, itapon ko daw. Ang ginagawa ko lang po, hindi ko itinatapon, iniipon ko, para kung magutom po ako sa pagtatrabaho ko, `yun po ang kinakain ko,” she told ABS-CBN News.
Last May 4, her employer’s mother got angry after Fatma did not immediately bring her coffee.