A family in Likoni, Mombasa is appealing for government intervention to save their kin trapped in the Middle East.
The family in agony says their daughter Mwanaiki Said has been going through hell in the hands of her employer in Madinna, Saud Arabia.
The mother Saum Omar said Mwanaiki, 34 and a mother of three has been subjected to physical abuse by her employer since she went to Saud Arabia in November, 2019 to work as a house help.
“My daughter has been calling us at the dead of the night every day saying we should expect a casket if we do not urgently act,” said a teary Saum.
Gross right violation
She painfully narrated that her daughter was transferred to a different employer under unclear circumstances where she was further turned into a punching bag.
“She is being punished for no reason. She is overworked without food,” she added.
Saum appealed for help from Foreign affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr Monica Juma to intervene and return their daughter safely back to the country.
Addressing journalists in Mombasa Human rights lobby Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the modern slavery is once again resurfacing in the Middle East.
He said the cases had reduced since 2012 when the situation was worse.
According to Shipetta, recruiting agencies have caused the mess and inhumanity against Kenyans working in the Middle East.
“We don’t oppose the fact that Kenyans travel to the Middle East to work, we have no jobs locally but can the Kenyan government act urgently when gross human rights violation are reported?” he posed.
[Human rights defender and Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Shipetta (in black t-shirt) joins the family of Mwanaiki Said trapped in Saud Arabia. Photo/Atrash Bwana].
He said Haki Africa is working towards saving the desperate lady and asked for government assistance so that she is brought back home safely.
The human rights defender however appealed to Kenyans to properly weigh the situation and the country they are being sent to work.
Shipetta said some of the countries have been for so long war zones and Kenyans should desist from working in such countries.
“We want the recruiting agent involved to be fully pursued and lawful punished,” noted Mr Shipetta.