A video clip of a group of Kenyan women working in Saudi Arabia crying for help to return home has been shared on social media.
The 1 minutes, 38-second video recording shows a group of five women sitting on the floor in a room with their faces covered with veils.
One of the ladies is heard saying that their colleague, who is lying on the floor, recently underwent surgery and she is bleeding but their employer had refused to take her to the hospital. She adds that they were locked in the room and denied food.
I received this Video Via WhatsApp & all I can say is that Kenyans are really suffering in the Middle East. These are Kenyans in Saudi Arabia. They haven't eaten in days & are being treated harshly. Also Kenyans in Lebanon are facing these Horrors. They want to come back Home. pic.twitter.com/rfb55s5Z9l
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) February 10, 2020
She pleads with Kenyans and anyone who comes across the video clip to come to their rescue, noting that they have been assaulted, abused and mistreated, in addition to having their salaries withheld.
Following an upsurge of cases of Kenyans being raped, assaulted and tortured, the government banned its citizens from seeking domestic work in the Middle East but the ban was lifted in 2017 after Kenya signed a bilateral agreement with Saudi Arabia.