A pretty young woman is on the verge of losing her life after she tried helping a friend deliver shampoo to China without knowing the friend sneaked in cocaine in the parcel.
It is a sad reality for this Ethiopian entrepreneur, 27-year-old Nazrawit Abera who is facing execution in China after being accused of smuggling cocaine into the country in shampoo bottles.
She is an engineering graduate and was arrested on drug trafficking charges and could face death if found guilty.
Local media, says a childhood friend asked her to deliver the bottles of shampoo which she did not know contained the Class A drug.
It was also reported that the childhood friend was arrested and held in custody by Ethiopian police but has now gone on the run and her whereabouts are unknown.
Ms. Abera’s family and friends say she is innocent and was duped into transporting the contraband disguised as beauty products.
One friend, who wished to remain anonymous, told local media: ‘We are fearful, angry and do not know where to go and cry.
‘We have not heard from her and we have little information of her status and her parents cry and spend sleepless nights hoping their daughter will come back.’
The Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing is reportedly helping her pay for legal expenses while she awaits sentencing.