The family of Dieidy Coulibaly, the 23-year-old construction worker who died after falling four storeys on Tuesday, are consumed by shock and grief after the sudden death of a much-beloved family member.
“We’re shocked by what happened. He was so young and such a kind man,” Mahamadou Koita, Dieidy’s brother, told Lovin Malta
With his mother relying on him for financial support back in Malta, Diedy had only arrived in Malta last May from Italy for work… less than a month before his eventual death.
On the tragic death of Dieidy, who has so far been left unnamed by authorities, his brother did nothing but express his complete disbelief in the state of Malta’s construction industry after it claimed yet another life.
“It cannot be that bodies are piling up. It cannot be that it is always a foreigner who has to die. The industry needs to change, people’s lives need to be protected.”
“Even on the most basic level, these people are working all day long in the heat with no water, with no care for their wellbeing,” Mahamdou explained, trying to keep hold of his emotions.
Mahamdou came down to Malta with a cousin last Sunday, soon after hearing the news of his brother’s devastating fall on Saturday.
“At least I saw him briefly before he died, even if he wasn’t responding,” he said.
Dieidy would pass away on Tuesday, suffering with a brain haemorrhage and a collapsed lung, just as a protest against the Maltese construction industry was drawing to a close. He had fallen four storeys earlier while working a government-owned development of a school in Qawra.
“We have no idea what exactly happened. All we know is that he fell four storeys to his death,” Mahamdou said.
Dieidy’s body will be repatriated back to Mali at 7:30pm this evening, with his body arriving back in his homeland sometime tomorrow.
Asked by Lovin Malta whether Dieidy held the proper permits and documentation to work on the government-run site, the Foundation of Tomorrow’s Schools simply replied that this “is subject on the on-going magisterial inquiry”.
Still struggling with the grief over what has happened, Mahamdou was also in constant praise of Peace Lab, who he said gave his family nothing but support in navigating a foreign jurisdiction and ensuring that his brother can make it back home to Mali for his burial.