Diana Chepkemoi, Kenyan student held against her will in Saudi Arabia re-enrolled at Meru University

for Tv47 Digital September 14, 2022, 12:49 PM
Diana Chepekemoi
Diana Chepekemoi arrives at Meru University on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. PHOTO/FILE

Diana Chepkemoi, a Kenyan student who was rescued after her employer held her without consent in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has resumed her studies at Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST).

She was received by the institution's Vice-chancellor Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and students who expressed their delight in seeing her back to school.

Chepkemoi, who was pursuing a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Management course deferred her studies on August 29, 2018, over financial difficulties. 

On September 6, 2022, Prof. Odhiambo had promised that the institution would facilitate her learning and also offer her accommodation and a job upon completion of her studies, after her plight in the Middle East was highlighted.

"We welcome back Ms. Diana Chepkemoi, a member of the MUST family, to the university to complete her studies. We have informed her family of the support we shall offer her in order to successfully complete her studies.

"The university will place Chepkemoi under the student work-study programme, a platform designed to empower needy students. She will enjoy a flexible schedule to study and serve within the university library. Chepkemoi will be granted accommodation within the university," Prof. Odimabo had said at the time.

Chepkemoi had traveled to Saudi Arabia in January 2021 in bid to financially help her five siblings. 

Her recent photos depicted her as emaciated and scrawny, a far cry from her usual bubbly self. PHOTO | COURTESY

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