Kenyans must be saved from tor­ture in the Mid­dle East

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The ban on labour ex­port to the King­dom of Jor­dan is sup­pos­edly on as a re­sult of a se­ries of at­tacks on Kenyans work­ing in the Mid­dle Eastern coun­try. Jor­dan, like many of her neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in that re­gion, source for hu­man re­source s abroad. They mostly get cheap labour from African coun­tries. Be­cause of am­biva­lence and the lack of po­lit­i­cal co­her­ence, these African coun­tries do not guar­an­tee the safety and wel­fare for their cit­i­zens abroad. Pre­dictably, African cit­i­zens have been handed ter­ri­ble treat­ment in Jor­dan and, in­deed, in the wider Arab re­gion. Kenya con­tin­ues to ex­port thou­sands of work­ers to the Mid­dle East, a ma­jor­ity of whom work in the ser­vice in­dus­try. The ma­jor­ity of them work as do­mes­tic work­ers and cases of ex­treme cru­elty and mis­treat­ment have and con­tinue to be re­ported. A task force should be set up to un­ravel the level of rot in im­mi­gra­tion of Kenyans to these coun­tries .

FELIX ONYIEGO Kisii county

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