A Kenyan in Saudi Arabia calls home, claims torture
A family is agonising in Murang’a after their kin employed as a house help in Saudi Arabia called home complaining of torture by her employer.
Relatives of Gladys Wanjiru in Gambu village, Kandara are appealing to the Government to facilitate her safe return after she complained of torture and threats from her employer.
On Thursday, her mother Naomi Wachu Kamau said her 32-year-old daughter had secured employment as a house help two months ago.
During her phone call to family members, she disclosed that her employer had confiscated her travel documents and air ticket.
"A week ago she called home crying as she narrated her persecution at the hands of her employer," said the mother.
Councillor Solomon Karuri of Kagundu ini East asked Foreign Affairs Ministry to act fast and ensure all Kenyans working as house helps in Saudi Arabia return home without delay.
He said last week’s incident where a Kenyan woman was found killed and her body squeezed into a freezer should not be taken lightly by the authorities.
"The Government has a responsibility of ensuring all house helps are brought back home to save their families from more agony," said Karuri.