Lingya precinct in the Kaohsiung City Govt Police Bureau. Photo: Google Maps
Lingya precinct in the Kaohsiung City Govt Police Bureau. Photo: Google Maps

A 36-year-old Indonesian woman who allegedly attempted to harm herself because she was so homesick was rescued by her elderly employer in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The Taiwanese man surnamed Weng sought help from officers at Lingya Precinct in the Kaohsiung City Government Police Bureau at 7pm on February 16 when his newly-hired caretaker got very emotional and tried to harm herself, Taiwan Times reported.

Police learned that the maid had arrived in Taiwan just a month earlier. It was the first time she had left home and worked overseas as a caretaker. She had been proactive in seeking to pick up the local language and adapt to her new environment.

Officers tried to calm the woman by speaking to her in Mandarin and English, both of which failed as she did not speak either language. Indeed, the maid was too upset to read from translated messages on their mobile phones.

Fortunately, the police contacted the maid’s employment agent, who spoke her mother tongue and helped convey a message from the police that the officers were there to protect her and simply wanted to take her to hospital for a check-up.

The worker was said to be calmed by the familiar language and agreed to visit the hospital.

According to preliminary inquiries by the police, the maid greatly missed her home amid the festive atmosphere of the Lunar New Year holiday, and she had yet to meet any compatriots in the island country with whom she might be able to share her worries. Being homesick and hearing imaginary voices had caused the maid to harm herself.