The Kenyan woman died in Vienna, Austria about a fortnight ago.

Atieno’s brother, James Auka, said she called a friend and a police station in Vienna informing them she was about to take her life due to depression.

Police in Vienna issued a report saying the 35-year-old threw herself on the railway line at the Bahnhof Atzgersdorf train station in the 12th district of Vienna and was run over by a train, reports say.

“Her body is at the Wien Bestatting Funeral home and Crematorium in Vienna and this is where she will be cremated,” an officer in Vienna said.

Suicidal woman dies after throwing herself onto railway line
Suicidal woman dies after throwing herself onto railway line

Auka who is also the family spokesperson said the family decided to cremate Atieno on July 29 in Vienna, then bury the ashes at their home in Seme Reru, Kisumu a week later.

“In her calls to the police and her friend, she said life had become difficult after her business went down," said Auka.

"She also said that she was no longer able to cater for her needs and those of some of her siblings who kept on requesting her for money back home,” he added.

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Suicidal woman dies after throwing herself onto railway line
Suicidal woman dies after throwing herself onto railway line

According to, concerns were raised in 2019 after Kenyan students going abroad for studies were reported to be dying through suicide or under mysterious circumstances.

This left communities of Kenyans living in the United States (US) brainstorming on the need to hold the hands of learners who find themselves in the deep end outside their country.

Among them was Martin Moto aka Berlin who went missing in November 2019 in Germany and a few days later, he was found dead. His body was retrieved from an underground train station.

Britney, a 15-year-old girl, reportedly went missing and days later was found dead. The minor is said to have quarreled with her mother before she hurriedly left their home in Germany.

Rita Awuor’s body was found in June 2019 dumped in a forest in Germany. The family said she went missing in April 2019 after dropping off her children at a neighbour’s house.

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Norah Borus was a top student in KCSE and was found dead at her on-campus residence in the US in June 2019. Borus was a student at Stanford University.

Jelagat Cheruiyot was found dead in her apartment in Osbourne Park, Australia days after it reported that she had gone missing on May 30, 2019. Police declared her death as a homicide.

Moses Maina allegedly committed suicide in Chicago in the US in March 2019 and was quickly cremated without the family being informed about it.

Mercy Muthui, 32, a Kenyan musician, was found dead in a ditch near her home in the Netherlands in February 2019. Her death saw her husband arrested but later released.