Monday, 25 July 2011 00:09
BY KERUBO LORNAH
TWO Kenyan women have returned home from Saudi Arabia where they say they underwent torture in the hands of their employers for many months. Aisha Ramadhan, 32, says her employer tried to rape her many times and would beat her if she did not cooperate. She says she was forced to have sex with different employers for fear of beatings or even being killed.
Aisha says poverty in her family forced her to enroll with an agency in Mombasa which she says she cannot expose for fear to being killed. She was in Saudi Arabia for seven months and describes her ordeal there as days of total darkness in her life. “I have never felt this worthless in my entire life. I left my husband and children here only to go and be misused and tortured in a foreign country. They have not even paid me all this time,” she said.
Aisha laments that once the agents took them to Saudi Arabia, they collect money and leave them to be slaves. She says that girls who go to Saudi Arabia are switched between employers. She says there are more than 15 Kenyans who are still being mistreated in Saudi Arabia and do not know how to escape. She adds there are hundreds of women from Indonesia, Ethiopia, Srilanka and Pakistan who are still in a Maktabu (a small prison). She, however, notes that it will be very hard for them to escape because those who defy instructions from their bosses are locked in a Maktabu.
Another victim Fatuma Juma, 23, says that while in their employers’ houses they are stripped naked so that they cannot steal food or anything nor have communicate with their relatives. Fatuma says that even children in the house mistreat them in the presence of their parents.