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Archive for December 11th, 2008

The Saga Of Ethiopian Maids

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 11, 2008


Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, constitute a very large portion of today’s migrant worker population.

Domestic work is the single most important category of employment among women migrants to the gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. 40  60 % of the population in the Arab states of the Gulf region has a foreign background.

The majority of female migrants come from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, the Philippines.

Driven by poverty and conflict in their home countries, women from these countries travel to the Arab states only to find themselves hungry, abused, raped and subjected to conditions akin to slavery.

There are too many stories about ill-treatment and not paying full wages. Most maids, if being paid on time, earn about $100 a month; the minimum wage, for instance, for Kuwaitis is $900 a month. Frankly speaking, there are few stories more tragic than the plight of foreign maids in Arab countries. Those familiar with their circumstances know how much they suffer under cruel employers, so much so that many choose to take their own lives.

Thousands of young Ethiopian women are being enticed to the Middle East and gulf Arab states with the promise of work  only to suffer verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

Many of these young women are locked in the house where they work at all times and never given any freedom.

Many suffer ‘mental torture’ telling horror stories. The abuse in the Middle East goes beyond just physical, employed in back-breaking jobs for up to 18 hours a day,  girls also have to perform sexual favours,  frequently  raped.

Suicide cases are not rare. Girls are only allowed to return home by their employers when their contract ends or when they fail to give any service due to sickness or disability.

Many of these young girls return to Ethiopia partially paralysed, insane, with broken backs and legs, in some cases, burned with acid.

According to the US official ranking, states like Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Qatar  as among the worst human trade offenders.

God will see all your sufferings — and the days of those wicked  and evil barbarians are numbered. Oppressors, are always subject to continual terror, live very uncomfortably, and perish very miserably

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