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Choice of school for girl who was attacked in UAE still unclear

Loujain Hussain’s vision permanently affected in April schoolyard attack

  • By Samihah ZamanStaff Reporter
  • Published: 21:30 September 1, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
  • Loujain with her mother Maha at her home in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Loujain’s family is now looking for a doctor who can help her get over the injuries and trauma from the school attack.

Abu Dhabi: While a little apprehension is common among schoolchildren before the start of a new school year, this September is a harder time to face for one little girl and her family.

Loujain Hussain, the 11-year-old who suffered a brutal schoolyard attack last April, is still unsure of where she will be attending school once the new academic year begins.

She wants to go back to her previous school, Al Ma’ali International Private School, and continue studying with her friends, but her parents are adamant that their daughter should not return to the institution where she suffered such grave injuries.

“She was badly hurt at Al Ma’ali and no one took responsibility. As her parents, we do not want her to go back to the same school in Grade 8. Loujain, however, wants to go back because that is where her friends are enrolled,” Maha Hussain, her mother told Gulf News.

“She has become so withdrawn and reserved since the incident. We know, too, that she is comfortable with her school friends, and that it will be hard for her to be around completely new people in a different school. But then, how can we accept her going back to the same school where she was hurt?” the concerned parent said.

In an attack that rocked the nation, Loujain, a Grade 7 pupil in April, suffered from a brain haemorrhage after being beaten up by a group of Grade 4 pupils at her school. Following the attack, she remained in a coma for nearly three weeks while hospitalised at the SKMC.

“The attack has permanently damaged the left-field vision in both of her eyes. Moreover, she is always shy now, afraid to be alone and has lost her sense of confidence. She doesn’t make eye contact and she is scared of new people,” Maha said.

Loujain also never talks of the incident.

The family is now looking for a doctor who can help Loujain with her physical and mental injuries.

“During the summer, we enrolled her at an institute where she studied Computer Studies, Islamic and Arabic. On the first day, I had to sit by her during the lessons,” Maha said.

Despite the severity of the attack and its consequences, Loujain’s family members also say that justice has eluded them.

“The school never took responsibility for the attack, and there were no consequences for the boys who attacked her. To my knowledge, the court case has already been concluded with no one taking responsibility either,” Maha said.

Mahran Hussain, Loujain’s older brother, said the lawyer who was pursuing their case stopped contacting them abruptly.

“We are still seeking justice however, and would really appreciate any lawyer who can help us,” he said.

In the meantime, Loujain’s parents are pondering over where to enrol her.

Hamad Al Dhaheri, executive director of private schools and quality assurance at the Abu Dhabi Education Council, told Gulf News that a list of schools where Loujain can continue her education had been suggested.

“We are waiting to hear back from her parents so that we can aid any admission or other procedures,” he added.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 12:35 September 2, 2012

    Its really sad to hear that an educational institution where this has happened has refused to take responsibility for the actions done by their own pupils. Institutions imbibe students to take responsibilities, whether good or bad, but an institution like this if cannot take up the responsibility then what are they? What do they teach? What values and ethics do they promote? Violence? She can get counselling to get over her fear and to be social. Meanwhile, I agree that she should never join a school so bad where rowdy behaviour is encouraged. Children will adjust fast to new enviornment and she will.

    Blaster, Dubai, India

  2. Added 12:29 September 2, 2012

    There is no simple solution for the little girl's predicament. The legal aspects of the case has to be followed up, maybe with the assistance of another good lawyer. The physical injury could be rectified with the help of an ophthalmologist or a neurologist. And her parents and siblings have to stand firm behind her and give her comfort and confidence. If needed, the services of a good psychiatrist could also be obtained. If the girl feels comfortable going back to the same school where the people and environment are familiar to her, then that is the place where she should go. The parents can create a congenial atmosphere for her by patching up with the school authorities. After all, good words can radically alter situations just as rash criticism can vitiate the atmosphere!

    Joseph Kainikkara, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:18 September 2, 2012

    Its 100% Miracle (Mojza). I remember this cute baby when she was in hospital, no body can ask she will become same like B4 but now AL HAMDU LILLAH. It mean there is some one who protects us and loves us more then 100 mothers.

    Rifaqat Rasool, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 09:31 September 2, 2012

    hi i read whole of the artical i am not an expert but i can tell that no one can help her except she herself. she feels insecure and its not easy to overcome this situation well its ok to show her to doctor but what he will do he will prescibe some medicines and some suggestions her parents should make her feel strong these things mostly happen can her parents guarantee that in other school she will be safe nothing will happend changing school wont help her its like closing ur eyes that if u dont see bad nothing bad will happen. rest they know whats better for her

    khurram, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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