A family in Kisumu-Kenya has decided to bury the ashes of their kin Lucy Atieno who is believed to have committed suicide on 5th July in Vienna Austria as a result of depression.
According to a report issued by police in Vienna, the 35-year-old threw herself on the railway line at the Bahnhof Atzgersdorf train station in the 12th district of Vienna where she was run over by a train.
In a statement by the family spokesperson James Auka who is the brother to the deceased, Atieno had made a call to the police in Vienna and her friend revealing that she wanted to take her life indicating that life had become difficult after her business went down.
“In her calls to the police and her friend, she said life had become difficult after her business went down and that she was no longer able to cater for her needs and those of her siblings who kept on requesting her for money back home” her brother explained
Auka further stated that the family had come to an agreement to cremate the body of their loved one in Vienna and later bury her in their hometown Seme, Reru, Kisumu.
In order to assure the family that their wish for the deceased will be executed as planned, Vienna police confirmed that Atieno’s body is at Wien Bestatting Funeral Home and Crematorium in Vienna and will be cremated on July 29th.
In regard to the incident, Terry who is the founder and CEO of Proud Chocolate Radio based in Hamburg expressed her sympathy and further raised concern over how families of Kenyans living in Diaspora are known to put pressure on their kin who are struggling to survive abroad.
At times it only takes to talk to a friend when things start getting worse and that friend could be near where you live or far away. Talk over your problems and if what you are doing is not working, go back to where you began when you immigrated and do the best you can to at least pay your bills. Give a blackout to relatives in case they are pestering you to send them money.
At that instant do not compare your situation with anybody and after some time, you will recover and continue.
Depression is real especially at this time of COVID-19 as it is on the rise in the Diaspora because many people have been laid off.
Arch Dr. Isaac Kinungi
Diaspora National Assembly For 254