Wednesday, May 27, 2009


This morning, I read this piece of disturbing news from Gulf News online:

Man leaves family behind at airport to avoid paying fines
By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff ReporterPublished: May 26, 2009, 23:09

Dubai: An Egyptian abandoned his wife and two young daughters at Dubai airport recently, Gulf News has learned.

The mother and daughters' visa had expired and the man did not want to pay fines for their overstay.

The man left for Cairo last Wednesday. Later immigration officials detained his family. The woman has to pay a fine of Dh100 per head for every day that the three overstay.

The woman and her daughters - aged two and three - were in Dubai on a visit visa while the husband is a resident here.

The woman and the girls were taken to a deportation centre.

They need new tickets to fly as their old ones are no longer valid.

The woman said that she does not know anyone in the UAE.

How sad, di ba? I cannot believe how heartless that man is for leaving his family. he fled and saved himself at the expense of his own family.

I wonder if he will ever get any sleep at night, knowing that he has left his wife and young kids to a country which is alien to them. I pray that the abandoned family’s consulate will help them get back to their homeland, and hope that the wife will never take his cowardly husband back.

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