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A Kenyan family is appealing for help to bring back the remains of their kin who died under mysterious circumstances in Saudi Arabia four weeks ago.
Pauline Murugi, 25, from Kieni, Nyeri County, passed away just three months after arriving in the Gulf state, where she was employed as a domestic worker, Nation reported on Friday.
Murugi’s family learned about her mysterious death from her female friend, who is also said to be stuck in the Middle East nation.
Her body is lying in a morgue in Riyadh and the family is struggling to bring it back after a Nairobi-based employment agent who had promised to have the remains of their daughter airlifted to the country for burial went underground.
“We have been trying to trace him in Nairobi. The agent is dodgy and has disappeared after giving the family empty promises that he would facilitate the repatriation of the body,” David Nguyo, the chairman of a committee formed to raise funds for the poor family told Nation.
“The last time we talked to him by phone he accused us of exposing him to the media. Since then he has not been picking up our calls. He has been taking us in circles and when some members of the family went to Nairobi to look for him, he was nowhere to be found.”
Nguyo said the money the family has managed to raise is not enough to have Murugi’s body repatriated and has sent some family members to travel to Nairobi to look for the agent who facilitated the deceased’s travel and employment in Saudi Arabia.
“We need a lot of money to repatriate the body but it seems this is now a distant dream because nobody is chipping in. We are only looking up to God. We are desperate," he added.
Folks ask why people are willing to die,risking their own lives, traveling in deserts, sailing in rafters, leaving their loved one to try and achieve a better life in Europe or USA.
Depersonalization is always key. Our African governments have failed, since independence to provide even the basics.
I won't judge, but I understand why we do or we did what we did.
" The psyche of most Arabs is to see blacks as slaves, and I believe the mistreatment experienced by Kenyan workers in Saudi Arabia is largely due to this long-held view.
The only thing that will break the cycle of abuse for Kenyans in the Middle East is severing the agreement entered into between Kenya and Riyadh to export domestic workers to the Gulf kingdom.
Saudi Arabia is not a country that is known for respect for human rights—least of all, those of people they deem to be beneath them, such as Kenyans and, indeed, the whole of black Africa." These worlds were said by a government official today in the Daily Nation. This is not new of course. such sentiments are pretty common here on Mwakilishi.
So what is the solution?I suggest we do away with sending female domestic workers there.And Iam not being a sexist.If they can have moral police going around to make sure their women are dressed properly,it showns what level they could to go to contain a black slave. Yes the Koran allows muslims to own slaves. As I have show on this forum before. Their prophet even had sex slaves...Let us send our men,because, in today's world,the black man is less likely to take it from an Arab passively the way they did in 17th century.I know I wouldn't.I believe that same goes to high-tech geeks.Which underscores what we have been saying,that domestic work in the Arab world is slavery.
Alcohol KILLS and you are still drinking it. Saudia KILLS and you are still going there!!! Individuals should take personal responsibility, YES, even in death! Organs in high demand in Saudia, keep sending more ‘victims’, harvesters await with impunity.