Ethiopian Woman in Chinese Prison Gains International Attention
March 26, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- An Ethiopian woman by the name Nazrawit Abera, 27, is currently in Chinese prison awaiting trial, which, if convicted, can lead into a death sentence.
She was arrested at Beijing airport in China in late December last year with five shampoo bottles containing drugs, specifically cocaine, in her luggage.
Nazrawit Abera is currently detained in Southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on drug trafficking charges, which, if convicted, can get the death penalty, according to Chinese law.
So far, she is in detention center and prosecutors are yet to file formal charges against her andbring her to trial.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia said the government is following the situation of Nazrawit Abera closely, according to the FBC report.
Nebiat Getachew, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told FBC today that the government through its consulate in Guangzhou is monitoring Nazrawit’s situation. Consulate personnel have already visited her three times so far.
She and her family strenuously deny that she ever intended to import drugs into the country. She insists that she travlled to China for business opportunities, and the bottles discovered in her luggage via the advanced high tech sensors at the airport were put by a friend who had planned to accompany her but cancelled at the last minute.
She was taken away on December 22, 2018, and since that day, her family haven’t heard from her. In the past, Chinese courts have delivered death sentences for lesser crimes, which is terrifying to the families and friends of Nazrawit.
Nazrawit is a civil engineer by training. She completed her university studies at age 23. For a while she was working for construction firms. Family and friends describe her as very studious and truly independent.
Nazrawit's situation has garnered worldwide attention having been profiled in various international media outlets. Several groups and international organizations have also started petitions to help save her life.
You can watch Nazrawit profile and her detention in China here on Ezega Videos.
You can add your name to petition for her release here.