When they leave their country home, they are excited at the prospect of the new life awaiting them in the new country they are going to. Sadly, when they get to their destination, they are shocked and disappointed at the life there.
The stories of women going to other countries to work as domestic workers are almost the same. Maltreated, raped and threatened.
A video clip by BBC Africa Eye, titled, “I wanted to die”: The ‘hell’ of kafala jobs in the Middle East” sheds light on the evil against domestic workers, who are mostly women, in the Middle East.
The video shows Kenyan women calling for help.
“I’m in Saudi Arabia right now. if I’m caught with a phone, they’ll take it. Save me fellow Kenyans,” one of the women said.
A Kenyan senator, Emma Mbura is trying her best to call the attention of the world to the ill treatment of women in the Middle East.
“The world has come to know what is happening. As a mother and a leader, I will not stand and sit and watch this kind of thing. We are not animals. There is no slave trade anymore,” she said.
Unfortunately, despite stories of abuse, thousands of women still sign up to go to these countries.
Mary Mbera had gone to Jordan to work as a domestic worker. One day, she had a serious burn accident but she was left unattended to. She died a month after she was returned to Kenya.
Watch the video here