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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kenyan maid burnt by her Saudi employer arrives in the country


Sonko rescue team picked up the lady at JKIA
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The plane that carried a Kenyan burnt by a Saudi Arabian employer shortly after it touched down at JKIA. PHOTO: TUKO
Stories of Kenyan workers suffering at the hands of their employers in the Middle East are back in the news.
On Saturday, May 28, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko posted on his social media, disturbing photos of a woman who was apparently burnt by her employer in Saudi Arabia.
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The lady, name withheld, being assisted into an ambulance after arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after arriving from Middle East. IMAGE: FACEBOOK/MIKE SONKO
The philanthropic politician said: “Serious and shocking as it sounds, I commanded my team and our medical personal to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the wee hours and together with the family received the lady who was burnt and in bad state.”
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The lady, name withheld, is receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital. IMAGE: FACEBOOK/MIKE SONKO
Tuko is reporting that the lady was employed as a domestic worker, and was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment when she jetted back in the country.
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She was apparently burnt by her employer in Saudi Arabia. IMAGE: FACEBOOK/MIKE SONKO
It will also be remembered that back in September 2014, Kenya banned hiring of its citizens in the Middle East after numerous reports of mistreatment in that part of the world.
Then in February this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet gave the green light of Foreign Employment Administration and Labour Migration Management Framework to look into the plight of Kenyan domestic workers in the Middle East.
Due to lack of employment opportunities in the country, many Kenyans go to the Middle East in search of greener pastures where most of them are hired as domestic workers, but life changes for the worst when mistreatment kicks in.
According to statistics, there are between 100,000 to 130,000 migrant workers in Saudi Arabia alone.
It is reported that a house help in Jordan, an Arab country, pockets about KSh 40,000 which is far much higher than in Kenya where many of them get paid below the set government minimum wage of KSh 11,000.
But mistreatment is not the only trouble Kenyans go through in the Middles East as several Kenyans are languishing in Saudi Arabian jails.
Saudi Arabia foreign ministry shocked many In 2015 when it released a list showing that about 200 Kenyans were convicted of various crime since 2013 after going to look for work in the Arab country.
It was revealed that some were serving the minimum jail term of four months with 70 lashes while others had been imprisoned to up to 10 years with 1,000 lashes plus a 7000 Saudi Riyals fine.
According to the report, the sentences were as a result of different crimes with seventy apparently found guilty of pimping, 30 for prostitution, 20 for misconduct while 13 were found guilty of theft.
Not just that but there were some that were found in possession of illegal substances like hashish and other intoxicants.
Other crimes that have sent Kenyans behind bars include; embezzlement, fornication, human trafficking, illegal gathering, sorcery, dishonesty, trespassing, burning employers, forgery and forming kidnapping gangs.
Via Tuko

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