Kuwait’s daily shame 2, July 2009Posted by thegulfblog.com in Kuwait.
Tags: human rights, Kuwait, Maids, Migrant workers, Suicide
I’ve just returned to Kuwait for only the second time since I lived here some years ago. Alas, the papers are still full of despair-ridden stories of migrant workers in Kuwait. Page 6 alone of today’s Al Watan describes an Indian maid and two Philippine maids drinking Dettol, Colorx and various pesticides in attempts to kill themselves. Only the Indian maid was successful. One can only imagine just how epically awful conditions must have had to have been to drive these workers to kill themselves by – of all painful and horrific things – swallowing highly concentrated bleach. I fervently hope that their employers (or owners, as they may see themselves) pause and think about just why these human-beings did this. Alas, I doubt they will.