Children of Kenyan Woman Held Captive in Saudi Arabia Plead for Help
The children of a woman allegedly being held captive in Saudi Arabia yesterday called on the Kenyan and Saudi governments to help trace her. The three, Valentine Nyambura, 21, Jane Muthoni, 19, and Rachael Wanjiru, 16, have been knocking on government offices seeking help for their mother Teresiah Wambui.
They have also been to the Saudi Arabian embassy. Speaking to the Star in Limuru, the three said their mother, whom they have been communicating with, cannot make out where she is being held captive. Their mother told them she is beaten up daily by her employer and has been secluded in a room away from the main house.
“We have been talking to her on phone. She said she is ailing because of the severe beatings from her employer and cannot see the light because of the seclusion ,” said Muthoni. Muthoni said their mother is bleeding heavily and fears she might die and they may never see her again.
“We have been knocking from one government door to another but we have not received much help. Officials keep telling us to tell our mother to call a certain number that never goes through,” said Muthoni. Wambui left the country in May to search for employment in Saudi Arabia to enable her pay her children's school fees. She has however not sent them any money because she claims her employer has never paid her.
Muthoni says Wambui was one of the main campaigners of the current Limuru MP Peter Mwathi in the 2007 general election. Limuru district Maendeleo ya Wamawake chairlady Annsusa Mbugua, who is Wambui’s cousin, has pleaded with the government to help bring her back home. Mbugua said she visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where officials told her they will send a letter to Saudi Arabia.
Source: The Star
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This is heinous act and our government needs to play its role of protecting Kenyans abroad. I don't understand what is the role of our foreign missions if this has not been addressed.
We, Kenyans, must demand the closure of Saudi-Arabian Embassy in our soil, with citation of extremism, persistent cruelty, hostility and slavery to our people! The Kenyan government must denounce and expel the Saudi - Arabian diplomats for knowingly allowing these to happen without taking any action for so long. on the other hand, our Kenyan diplomat be recalled & fired with the entire foreign affairs crew for failing to do their jobs and for wasting our tax-payers money!
We have not seen and measures implemented from both sides to help curb this issue except for a,"CONTAINER" that Kenyan victims are being kept in!! Kenyans & their Saudi employers whereabouts are known both by Saudi embassy & Kenyan foreign affairs coz there is a due employment process/formalities/paperwork required prior to departure. So why can't the Kenyan govt use those paperwork to follow the leads? All we read is one Kenyan after the other living in inhumane and slavery like conditions with inflicted health deterioration!
Why on earth would Kenyan govt maintain diplomatic ties and presence in a country hostile to it's people? For how long is our Kenyan govt going to turn a blind eye to a series of these tortures? This is a form of extremism just like Al-shabaab and we need to fight to the core! Saudi-Arabia should be boycotted by all means!
Please Kenyans do something, advocate for these victims!