It has happened before, and now the messy employment bureau system in Kenya is getting even worse. For many years, we have heard chilling stories from Arab countries where Kenyans are suffering in the hands of their fellow humans but because they have nowhere to go, they have remained there in mercies of the lord.
Girls and women are the most affected and they all blame rogue employment bureaus for what they went through. And even the government for not taking care of Kenyans working in the affected countries.
The blame game between the embassies of Kenya in the Middle East and the employment bureaus is a clear indication that Kenyans have nowhere to run to when in trouble. The government warned that people should always make sure they have registered themselves with Kenyan embassies to avoid such unfortunate encounters. And that the bureaus should comply with the law when operating its business in Kenya for hostile working environments.
Now other stories are emerging that some young men who sought for employment in Yemen are now in terrorists controlled location and are being trained as suicide bombers. According to the affected family, they had to sell the land, some domestic animals and even held a fund-raising to cater for his traveling needs and expenses. But since he went there, the bureau that had promised him a job refused to talk to his family about his whereabouts. It was only through a phone call to his family that he revealed his mode of training and the future that seemed so dim on him.
His father narrated how the family is desperate to see their loved one and even asked for the government to intervene. Last year, the government of Kenya banned all businesses dealing with exportation of manpower to Arab countries but it seems some people are still very active in this business. It is only four weeks since the missing man secured visas for Yemen.