Kenyan domestic workers have time and again narrated the somewhat harrowing experience they go through while in gulf countries.
One of the common countries in the Middle East that imports domestic labour from Kenya is Saudi Arabia. Despite complaints at the Kenyan Embassy in Saudi Arabia, minimal efforts have been put in place to stop the exercise of recruiting new workers and dispatching them to the country.
The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Kamau Macharia has now claimed that one of the reasons why some Kenyans are somehow mistreated is because they are unable to conform to the culture and end up disobeying their employers.
"Sometimes our people are not subservient when they go to these countries like Saudi Arabia. The people who suffer beatings and abuse are usually of that category," the PS said. Source Twitter.
The latest case of "mistreatment" was the case of Diana Chepkemoi which the government facilitated her travel back to Kenya after a disagreement with her employer.
Diana was a student before she left Kenya for a house help job where she would be paid approximately Ksh 20,000 per month. After about a year, (before she could finish her two-year contract) she took to social media to ask for help from her employer with whom she had fallen out of favour.
Luckily, she found refuge at the Kenyan embassy and flew back. She is now continuing with her studies at Meru University of Science and Technology on a scholarship with the benefactor being a local politician.
“I thank the County of Bomet for fulfilling their promise and Meru University family for taking me back. I now have the chance to pursue my career and live to my fullest potential," she said in a statement.
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