Mombasa family calls on government to help repatriate daughter working in Saudi

A file photo of domestic workers asking for help./COURTESY

A family in Mombasa wants the government and human rights organizations to help bring back their daughter who went to Saudi Arabia in search of greener pasture.

The family of Aisha Abdalla now want the 21-year-old, who went to Saudi for work around four months ago, to be brought back to the country due to what they term as inhumane treatment by her employers.

“We got audio and video clips of Aisha’s predicament from Aisha’s friend. Our sister is sick and has not gotten any treatment. The friend said that if we leave Aisha there then she might die,” said Maua Abdalla, Aisha’s sister.

The family also want the business of the agent who took Aisha to Saudi Arabia be closed saying that the lady, Maimuna, only cared about money and not following up on conditions clients she had taken to the gulf country.

This comes just hours after Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli called on the government to ban all employment agencies brokering job opportunities in foreign countries.

Atwoli was speaking to the media on Sunday at his Kajiado home.

“I want to appeal to the government of H.E President William Samoei Ruto to ban all employment agencies and review issues related to outside employment of this country as it has been advocated for by the International Labor Organization,” said Atwoli.

The COTU Sec Gen was speaking following a video of a Kenyan woman allegedly breastfeeding dogs.

The video has since been established as fake by human rights organization HAKI Africa.

“HAKI Africa wishes to inform members of the public that the clip is untrue. Despite the genuinity of the plight of Kenyan domestic workers facing mistreatment in the gulf countries, we call for caution by all social media users against spreading such propaganda,” said HAKI Africa.

According to HAKI Africa, they had established that the video had been retrieved from a pornographic site online.