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Word of thanks for compatriots.

Dubai The Mwikamba family took the opportunity to thank the Kenyan community for their continued financial and moral support. They said there has never been a day without a fellow Kenyan dropping by to give moral support to Esther and the family.

"Actually, I was shocked. I never thought that a lot of Kenyans would show up. I'm so grateful for their support in everything," Lucy said.

The recently organised Kenya Welfare Association has taken the lead in helping the Mwikamba family.

"We were able to get some generous donors who helped to raise the funds for the expenses of the family during their stay in Dubai.

"We were also able to get another generous donor who is a Kenyan who is running a hotel in Deira, Dubai," Harith Shahbal, treasurer of the organisation, said adding that Hannah's air tickets were donated by the Kenya Airways. "Everyone is giving their financial support and moral support, accommodation, whatever help [is necessary]. That is the Kenyan culture.

"Even if we are not related by blood, we're always together because here is not an issue of where somebody comes from. It's a concept that we are all Kenyans brought by one issue and the issue is Esther," Penina Nyokabi, a Kenyan expatriate who accommodated Hannah for the evening, commented.

Mayor pays a visit

Ahmad Mohdar, mayor of Mombasa City in Kenya where Esther reportedly lived when she worked as a bus attendant in the city, visited Esther on Friday.

Asked how the Kenyans back home received the news of Esther's condition, he said: "Any society, if they get this kind of issue, they will be sad. And I want to really praise the hospital and the Dubai Police because they are really good. I'm sure they will bring these people to court and justice will prevail," he said.

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Date:Mar 4, 2012
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