Family of Ithanga Woman enslaved in Saudi Arabia for 10 years pleads for help

A family from Kakuku in Ithanga is calling upon the Ministry of Diaspora and Foreign Affairs to intervene and ensure their kin who is enslaved in Saudi Arabia comes back home.

According to a family member, Jude Nzula their daughter Damaris Syokau Musyimi left home for Saudi Arabia in 2013 and has never come back.

According to earlier reports shared on social media, Damaris Syokau was locked up by her boss immediately after she landed after signing a contract written in Arabic.

Her phone and passports were also allegedly confiscated thus cutting ties with her family.

She is reported to have been working without pay for a decade and her only wish is to go back home.

“She used the Ugandan girl’s phone to call home and explain her story. The Ugandan girl took her picture and circulated it to social media requesting help. Syokau has never received a cent from her employer and has never been allowed to go outside,” said Kamati TV foundation on Tiktok.

Cases of house girls working in Gulf countries being mistreated are rife. In November 2022, Foreign and Diaspora CS Dr. Alfred Mutua after a visit to the country announced the setting up of a Technical Team of Kenya and Saudi Arabia government officials to fast-track Labour issues including the issue of exit visas.

The CS also announced an Emergency hotline number at the Kenyan Embassy in Riyadh +966500755060.

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