For quite some time now the mention of Middle East brings one thing in mind and that is suffering. This is a place that has of late been getting a lot of publicity after most Kenyans who had sought employment in this region especially Saudi Arabia had all sorts of bad things of what they have gone through and particularly under cruel employers.
It took the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign affairs by banning recruitment of those jobs for sometime as they sought to solve issues with the concerned agents.
But about a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to a lady who had worked for sometime in Saudi Arabia and different from what we have always heard, hers was a positive experience.
According to this lady, she was introduced to this job in a bureau by her mother to a friend who asked her if she was interested in working outside country.
Though when the opportunity came that a job had finally been found, she didn’t hesitate in accepting the offer even though there were complains that lots of Kenyans are being mistreated in these Arab countries.
After getting all the requirements for travelling, she left the country together with three other ladies and on reaching the destination, they were taken to a room where there were other girls waiting to be taken by their employers.
For her case, she was taken to a home with six occupants (the parents and their four children).For the first few days, she was supposed to work from 5A.M to 10 P.M at night so as the employer to get a review of how one is able to cope up with work around the home.
She went on and said that once one is used with the daily schedule, the employer becomes less strict because you already know what to do and how.
According to this lady, she was paid monthly but at times her employer could even assist her to send some cash to her family back at home.