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Families want kin’s bodies lying in Saudi Arabia brought home

[Haki Africa Nairobi based Rapid response Officer Salima Macharia. Photo/Ali Chete].

Two families from Kisumu and Kisii counties have appealed for the government intervention to enable them bring back the bodies of their kin for burial.

The families say they have been waiting for the bodies since December, 2020 to date.

According to Lucy Wambui’s family, she traveled to Baghdad in Iraq back in 2018 to work as a domestic worker, however, on December 2020, the family received the shocking news of her demise.

Though the family is yet to consume the news, it has been struggling to bring back the kin for burial, however their efforts have hit a snag.


The situation is the same with Caroline Aluoch, a student who pursued teaching at Kisii Teachers Training College and who traveled to Saudi Arabia in November,26 2020.

Aluoch family was on April, 2021 informed that the kin had died.

“However, the circumstances under which our sister died, to date remains a puzzle,” said Beryl Akinyi.

Akinyi noted that the family had gone to all relevant government departments for assistance but their cry fell on dead ears.

“We are almost loosing hopes because we encounter more questions than answers,” noted Ms Akinyi.


Rights lobby Haki Africa Nairobi based Rapid Response Officer Salima Macharia expressed her shock with the increase of mistreatment and death cases in the Middle East.

She said the Organisation’s Nairobi offices has recorded such cases with little help coming forth from the government to contain the gross inhumanity in Saudi Arabia among other Gulf countries.

Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday, Ms Macharia appealed to the government to work closely with the human rights and other stakeholders so as to end the inhumanity currently meted on immigrant workers in the Middle East.

“We are appealing to the government to help the families get the bodies of their loved ones for burial,” reiterated Ms Macharia.