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Wives of Foreign Envoy Comfort Alien Workers
They Visit Migrant Workers' Hospital in Guro-gu
The wives of foreign envoys to Seoul visit migrant workers' hospital. From right to left: Mrs. Yolanda F. de Ungo, wife of El Salvador ambassador, Mrs. Maimuna Tijjiani, wife of Nigerian ambassador, Mrs. Nabila Baati, wife of Tunisian ambassador, Mrs. Sonia Masood, wife of Pakistani ambassador.

Four wives of foreign envoys in Seoul teamed up for a good day of social work for the needy who came from other countries. The visited a local hospital dedicated for migrant workers from developing countries on April 5, 2007.

They were Mrs. Nabila Baati, wife of Tunisian Ambassador to Seoul Moncef Baati; Mrs. Yolanda F. de Ungo, wife of El Salvador Ambassador to Seoul Alfredo Francisco Ungo; Mrs. Sonia Masood, wife of Pakistani Ambassador to Seoul Masood Khalid; and Mrs. Maimuna Tijjiani, wife of Nigerian Ambassador to Seoul Abba A. Tijjani.

Shedding tears themselves the ambassadresses comforted maimed foreign laborers hospitalized at Migrant Workers' Hospital in Guro-gu, Seoul in the morning of the day. The patients included industrial patients with broken legs or amputated fingers.

"How can I help you?" the middle-aged female ambassadresses repeated the same questions to the workers.

They stayed at the hospital nearly two hours, showing a deep concern and affection toward the industrial patients.

Mrs. Yolanda F. de Ungo stuck with a Bangladesh man who lost two fingers in line of duty. "You will definitely get better," She cheered him up with a trembling voice.

"In this hospital before I saw a Bangladesh woman who lost one arm to a industrial machine and it really hurt me," said Mrs. Sonia Masood, whose Korean name is Song Soong-Hee. "That's why I suggested to the wives of foreign envoys to support this hospital."
Reading a lump of document of deceased migrant workers, Mrs. Maimuna Tijjiani said "There are so many people we have to help."

In particular, Mrs. Nabila Baati told journalists that she wanted to deliver to the local Korean people her message of "Love Is Sharing."

The ambassadorial wives urged individual Koreans or Korean businesses to show some concern to the foreign workers and give help to them.

The four women belong to a group of seven diplomatic wives who plan a charity event "Parade of Nations" to be held at Grand Hyatt in Hannam-dong on May 15, 2007. They are raising fund for the event now.

Dance troupes of each participating countries will appear at the third "Parade of Nations" and handicrafts and other piece of arts made by the wives of ambassadors will be auctioned off at the event.

All the proceeds from the charity event will be delivered to this hospital and Myongdo Welfare Center, a rehabilitation facility for the disabled. (Bank Account: Koomin Bank 4 401701-01-148271).






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