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February 5, 2009

Mother asks help in finding daughter missing for years in KSA
RONALDO CONCHA, GMANews.TV02/05/2009 07:37 PM
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - A mother has appealed to the public to help her find her daughter who has been missing since she came to Saudi Arabia 17 years ago.

Aysa Noraguia, 65, said her then 16-year-old daughter Saida went to the kingdom on October 22, 1992 to work as a domestic helper.Since then, Aysa said, her daughter has not come home to the Philippines even once.

Aysa said she has asked the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the radio station dzRH for help. The radio announcer was reportedly able to talk to Sadia who said that she was okay at her workplace and just had no chance to talk with her mother.

However, Saida's sister-in-law Antonina said the last time that she sent a letter was eight years ago in 2000.But she said they could not look for her because they had no money to do so.

"Kinamatayan na nang aking biyenang lalaki ang paghihintay sa kanyang anak pero bago sya namatay ay nakiusap sya na hanapin si Noraguia," said Antonina.[My father-in-law died waiting for his daughter.

Before he died, he asked us to find Saida]And so, she said they asked their relatives in the Middle East to help them, hoping that one of them might meet her in Jordan where she reportedly always goes with her employer.

Since they haven't been successful on their own, they are now once again trying to find her by asking help from the public and government through the media.“I just want to see her again, I can't sleep thinking about her, before I die I want to see her. There is nothing I can do if she doesn't want to see us, the only important thing is that we now she is alive," Aysa said in Filipino.

Welfare Officer Romeo Pablo of the OWWA in Jeddah said he has assured the missing OFW’s mother that they are taking the necessary steps to locate her daughter.

Pablo said that they coordinated with members of the Filipino community in Tabuk, a province in northwest Saudi Arabia where Saida supposedly works, but were not able to find lead.Pablo said the OWWA has also asked the Filipino community in Jeddah for help.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis has also prodded the Philippine consul general in Jeddah, Ezzedine Tago, and other DFA personnel

In a telephone interview with GMANews.TV, Aysa appealed to anyone who could help locate her long-lost daughter to either contact the consulate in Jeddah or the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

"Hirap na po ako gusto ko na pong makita si Saida tulungan po nyo ako na hanapin sya [This is too hard for me, I want to see Saida, help me find her]," the mother said.

Those who can give any information regarding Saida can also contact Michelle Lu at cell phone number 090-6204-0100 or e-mail her at

Saida’s sister-in-law Antonina had a special request for the missing Filipina."Kung makita or marinig mo man ang panawagan na ito sana magparamdam ka naman, kasi sobrang alala ng nanay mo sayo, at kung di mo pa alam ang tatay mo namatay na sa pag-alala sayo," she said.[If you see or hear any of our pleas, please inform us, your mother is really worried about you, and if you till don't know, your father died worrying about you] - with Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV

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