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Family wants Govt support in tracing relative held up in Saudia

18 September 2014, 18:32 John Kioko

Kwale - A family in Diani Kwale has asked the Ministry of Immigration to help them trace their relative held up in Saudi Arabia by her employer.

Speaking in Kwale on Thursday, Mwanasha Kizianga said that her sister Halima Tapha might be undergoing a lot of problems in Saudi Arabia.

She said Tapha has been locked up in a room for the last four days after her three months working period elapsed.

Kizianga said that her sister Tapha is worried as her employer left her in the room alone and provided her with a telephone for communication since Monday.

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“She sent a flash back to us and we called to know what was wrong only to find that she is locked in a room for the last four days without eating,” said Kizianga.

She said that their sister was given a Kenyan mobile and Saudi Arabian line alongside a mobile phone for communication by her employer and that is worrying them since it is not normal.

“Earlier, they were taking back the phone immediately after she called, but what they have done now is different and worrying,” she said.

Kizianga said the government should intervene and ensure their sister is safe since the country has been on the limelight over mistreatment of workers.

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She said that their sister was supposed to work on probation for three months and thereafter sign a two years' contract depending on her performance.

“If her work was not satisfactory, they were to take her back to Kenya so we don’t know what they want to do now,” said Kizianga.

She said that according to her sister, there has not been problems for the last three months she has been in Saudi Arabia.

“We are urging the government through its Embassy in Saudi Arabia to act urgently and rescue our sister,” she pleaded.

Cases of Kenyans and especially from the Coastal area leaving the country to look for jobs in the Middle East has been on the rise despite many reported cases of victimization by employers.

Lack of employment in the country has been cited as the major factor that has forced many youths to look for work outside the country even though there are a lot of challenges.

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