Ban agents sending Kenyans to suffer in Middle-East, gov’t urged

Bereaved family of a Middle East job-seeker outside a mortuary in Mombasa to pick her body. PHOTO: courtesy

Human rights group now wants the government to ban travel agents sending Kenyans to the Middle East to work following a spate of cases of torture of its citizens.

Speaking in Nairobi after meeting parents who’s Children are alleged to have died in the Gulf countries( mostly Saudi Arabia) , Haki Afrika officer Ms. Salma Njoki, said the move will give Kenyan parents peace of mind.

She said most Kenyans working as domestic workers in the Gulf States are experiencing modern slavery.

“Just recently 35 girls were arrested en route to Saudi Arabia despite what we are witnessing. These travel agents should be banned completely since they are not helping Kenyans’, she stated.

This comes after three families claimed their relatives had died in the Gulf States as a result of the persecution and torture by their employers.

Ms. Ruth Atieno says she is yet to receive the body of her daughter who died under mysterious circumstances last year.

“I am in pain as a mother. A child goes to gulf to secure her future then she dies mysteriously”, she lamented.

According to Ms. Njoki, government should have created enough jobs for Kenyans to avoid the catastrophe that afflicts Kenyans in the Middle East.

“If only our government created job opportunities for our youths, we wouldn’t be here speaking about deaths of our Children in gulf countries”, she added.