A Filipina inmate in prison in Dubai got the surprise of her life when she met her parents after 14 long years.
The 33-year-old Filipina couldn’t be happier after seeing her parents after long years of waiting. She is currently at the Dubai Women Prison at the General Department of Punitive and Correctional Institutions (PCI) where she met her father and mother.
Through the program of the Dubai Police called “Let’s Tolerate”, the Filipina who was convicted because of drugsmuggling reunited with her parents as they were invited to the prison.
Both her parents were welcomed by Brigadier Ali Mohammed Al Shamali, who is the director-general of punitive and correctional institutions, together with Brig Marwan Abdul Karim Julfar, the deputy director of DPCI as well as Col Jamila Khalifa Al Zaabi, the director of Dubai Women’s Prison, before they finally met their daughter.
This move is due to the directives of Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, which aims to take humanitarian initiatives that are the main objective of the Year of Tolerance.
This is the second family who was granted a reunion at the correctional with the first being a local inmate who was not able to see her mother for three years.
“(PCI) will continue working to fulfill the dreams of inmates under the ‘Let’s Tolerate’ program and target four inmates throughout the Year of Tolerance,” says Col Al Zaabi.
According to Col. Al Zaabi, the Filipina was able to recover from burnout, thanks to the psychological support team at the prison.
The Filipina also decided to convert to Islam and became a skilled craftsman. She thanked the Dubai Police for the opportunity of meeting her parents and learning handicraft and language skills like Arabic, Nigerian, Russian and Indian.