The three Kenyan ladies who were trapped in Qatar for two months have been safely repatriated home.
The three, Kadiwa Mazera, Catherine Akinyi and Riziki Mejumaa narrated the dehumanising encounter while at Qatar.
They were locked in isolation for two months, before they gave distress calls to their families back at home.
Kadiwa, a mother of three narrated how they slept on the floor causing her severe chest problems.
“The agent who processed our traveling documents, only known as Sadam went mute after we gave him our distress calls,” noted Kadiwa.
She further revealed that Saddam forged signatures to facilitate their travelling.
We were received by another agent in Qatar.
However Kadiwa noted that most agents are dishonest.
“My contract clearly indicated that I was going to Qatar for a cleaner job, however I did all the donkey work including being a nanny to kids, all these at sh. 27, 000,” she revealed.
Haki Africa Intervened
Human rights lobby Haki Africa intervened and came to their rescue.
Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said there should be a close communication between the Kenya government and its embassies abroad so as to avert such gross human rights violation.
[Haki Africa rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta (Far Right). Photo/ Pauline Kwamboka].
Shipetta said the government should pursue, inspect and register all agencies involved in aiding Kenyans to work abroad.
He called for close diplomatic relations between Kenya and other countries abroad to closely monitor how Kenyans working outside the country and especially in the Middle East are fairing.
“Most of these agencies do not have reliable contacts or physical location, and in most cases they keep on changing their mobile contacts, they are immediately unreachable when they send their clients abroad to work,” he disclosed.
He called for proper policies that will regulate the agents operations and contacts of Kenyans abroad to enhance urgent actions in case needed.
“We cannot bar Kenyans from seeking employment abroad, however, we need proper policies to protect them whenever they are deprived of their rights abroad,” he urged.