Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Video: Ethiopian women face violence, rape in Saudi Arabia - Press TV Infocus


Ethiopian migrant workers as well as right activists say female workers are being "beaten, robbed, imprisoned and raped" in Saudi Arabia.

Zeneit Hussein, a 15-year-old Ethiopian girl who was in Saudi Arabia for eight months says she has been kept in prison for 4 month.

"Life was good for three months, then employer started trouble. I don't know what they did to me. I became sick; they took me to the hospital...when I arrived at Bole international airport, I was unconscious. Red Cross people took me, I could not walk, they put me on a stretcher" said Zaneit.

Human right activists believe these female workers, being trafficked from Ethiopia's rural areas, refrain from expressing the true account of their ordeal due to social constraints.

"They have faced so many problems like violence, but they don't disclose everything. They don't say it but we have to consider that maybe their problem is associated with violence and rape" said Tirubrhan Getnet from Good Samaritan Association.

"They cannot openly say somebody raped me but...some come [back from Saudi Arabia] with gynecological related bleeding which means they have been raped, but they don't say it," added Getnet.

This is while on November 12, 2013, the Saudi police killed three Ethiopian migrant workers in the impoverished neighborhood of Manfuhah in the capital, Riyadh, where thousands of African workers, were waiting for buses to take them to deportation centers.


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