Two Kenyans Detained by Saudi Arabia Bosses
A human rights group in Mombasa has said two Kenyan women have been forced to work in Saudi Arabia against their wish. The rights group said the two were undergoing mental torture. Muslims for Human Rights Executive Director Khalid Hussein said the women’s rights are being violated. He gave the names as those of Carol Wangoi from Nakuru town and Fatuma Masoud Said from Mombasa. Said Khalid, “After Wamboi complained she was suffering, she was promised by her employer that she could travel back to Kenya on Sunday but when she went to pick up her ticket, she was refused to go. “She was instead forced to sign another contract to work at a different place but when she resisted she was threatened with torture,” Hussein said .
The incident comes barely a week after another Kenyan was reported to have been killed and her remains hid in her employer’s freezer in Saudi Arabia. Muhuri said the second woman, Masoud, is a mother of four, who has been in Dammam since December. Khalid said problems for Wamboi started when she fell ill and was unable to do the hard chores she did. Her employer has, however, insisted that she continues to do the same work making her health condition worse, added Hussein. Hussein said WAmboi had requested that she be sent back home to recover there but her employer has refused.
Muhuri urged the Kenyan authorities to intervene saying Kenyans in Saudi Arabia are in great danger. A few weeks ago, the Kenya’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ali Saleh, had indicated that all employment bureaus should be vetted afresh to ensure Kenyans working abroad are protected. He said majority of Kenyans seeking employment in Saudi Arabia do not follow proper procedures when applying for jobs. Saleh said at least 400 Kenyans had returned home because of difficulties.
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