2 thank­ful for be­ing able to re­turn from Peru af­ter so many years

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - AH­MAD SUHAEL AD­NAN ah­mad.suhael@nstp.com.my

GO­ING abroad is an ex­pe­ri­ence to cher­ish. How­ever, this is not the case when you end up be­ing used as a drug mule by in­ter­na­tional syn­di­cates.

For Noor Az­imah Sapie, 38, re­turn­ing to Malaysia af­ter be­ing stranded in Peru made this Hari Raya Aidil­fitri a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

“This Raya, I want to seek forgiveness from my mother and brother,” said Noor Az­imah in Bangi re­cently.

She had not kissed her mother’s hands on the morn­ing of every Hari Raya for the past 10 years af­ter a “dream va­ca­tion” to Peru in 2008 ended up a night­mare for her.

She was conned by a drug syn­di­cate into think­ing that she had won a trip to Peru.

What was sup­posed to be a 10day trip be­came 10 years, and she had to en­dure life as a home­less il­le­gal im­mi­grant.

“For years, I have not had the chance to seek forgiveness from my fam­ily.

“What I miss most about Aidil­fitri when I was abroad is the gath­er­ing with my fam­ily, grand­fa­ther and grand­mother.”

With help from Umno’s wel­fare bureau and Berita Har­ian, as well as co­op­er­a­tion from Wisma Pu­tra and the Malaysian embassy in Peru, Noor Az­imah’s night­mare came to an end when she re­turned home on March 26.

She came back with an­other drug mule, Nor Suzanna Azmi, 36, who had been stranded in Peru for 12 years, in­clud­ing serv­ing a 2½-year jail sen­tence.

Berita Har­ian had re­ported the plight of the two women, as well as an­other vic­tim, Sy­zlin Hata­man, in 2016.

How­ever, Sy­zlin, who was from Jo­hor Baru and suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes and asthma, had died at a hospi­tal in Peru on Oct 7 last year.

Noor Az­imah, who mar­ried Peru­vian Emilio Ig­na­cio Alar­con Leon@Os­man, re­turned home with her daugh­ter, Qistina Mais­ara Alar­con Sapie, 8. She will cel­e­brate the fes­tive sea­son with her fam­ily in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

As for Nor Suzanna, she was still in dis­be­lief at be­ing able to cel­e­brate Ra­madan and Hari Raya Aidil­fitri.

“Aidil­fitri in Peru was dif­fer­ent be­cause there was no cel­e­bra­tion like we have here. Hari Raya is just like any other day, and only a few close friends will wish you.

“Every year, the de­sire to re­turn home is strong, but they never came true. Al­ham­dulil­lah, Al­lah has granted my prayers this year,” she said.

Nor Suzanna added that she would cel­e­brate in mod­er­a­tion with her Peru­vian hus­band, Gar­lin Lever Quispe Sanchez@Yu­sof, and their two sons, Muhammad Duler Akasyah Salas Azmi and Gar­lin Ju­nior Quispe Azmi@Huza­ifah.

“I am grate­ful that my fam­ily has ac­cepted me be­cause even though what I did was not in­ten­tional, it has surely af­fected them.

“But Al­ham­dulil­lah, they ac­cept me, es­pe­cially my mother and sib­lings, who are al­ways with me.”

Noor Az­imah Sapie

Nor Suzanna Azmi

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