143 Filipinos at airport to leave the Kuwait

April 30, 201617 Comments

A large group of distressed Filipina maids in Kuwait were able to go back home to the Philippines. For years, and maybe decades, domestic help in the oil-rich Persian Gulf, hailing from developing south and southeast Asian countries.

In most of the cases, the maids’ passports are confiscated upon arrival so it’s practically impossible for them to escape the abuse. However, things are changing — even if gradually — to free distressed workers from the suffocating clutches of their bosses.

Case in point: the Assisted Voluntary Repatriation Program, which is a mutual agreement signed between the government of Kuwait and its Philippine embassy. It seeks to address the problem of a rising number of illegal expatriates in the Arab country.

Through this program, repatriated workers are sent straight to the airport without having to pass through the deportation center, locally known as Talha prison. Just this week, 143 maids were able to travel to Manila via AVRP.Nearly all the maids being repatriated were happy to leave.

“Thank God, I can go back to my family in one piece,” a worker named Mila told the Kuwait Times. “I was verbally and physically abused by my female employer, but I had to stay at the embassy because the employer would not want to cooperate and filed a case against me.”

“I hope the next president will pay due attention to our plight,” said Annalyn, another maid, referring to the upcoming presidential elections in the Philippines. “I am now very happy because I am finally heading home after five months. But I still have a few friends left behind who couldn’t go home because of some cases filed against them by their employers. I hope the next president will look after their needs and if possible temporarily stop sending OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) to the Middle East.”

As of 2013, foreigners make up about 69 percent of Kuwait’s 3.8 million-strong population. Of them, reportedly 200,000 are Filipinos, more than one third of whom are domestic help. The Kuwait Times states “around five to seven housemaids run away from their employers daily.”Around 300 more await repatriation at two Philippine embassy shelters in the regions of Faiha and Hateen.

Source : Carbonated

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  7. Before you judge someone.be aware first from your own dirt

  8. Are you also sure from what you are saying? In some cases maybe your right. But most of the time they are victims of a violent employers. Even if your right that the maids did like what you say. Is it good that they need to.beat,slap or punch them.. if the mass are impolite or whatever complain just send them back to.the agency not to punish them by their own hands.

  9. Itigil na dapat ang pagpapadala ng housemaid sa Middle East..

  10. Thank God sana maka uwi pa ang iba pang mga kababayang minaltrato ng mga amo nila na nasa pangangalaga ng embassy…at ang mga nag dusa physically ,mentally …God bless them all….

  11. This is a good thing that kuwait is finally looking into this. It is very unfortunate,for any maid from any such country to be abused. Especially to take the passport away from the individual. I have heard of this more then once. And the abuse and sexual abuse. People don't deserve this. I would like to thanks the Philippines embassy for looking into this . Also in Bahrain there are several maids in the same situation. I would advise the embassy to look into that country also . For those of you that are reading this please be aware if you see someone that needs help . Feel free to stand up for your right

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  12. This is a good thing that kuwait is finally looking into this. It is very unfortunate,for any maid from any such country to be abused. Especially to take the passport away from the individual. I have heard of this more then once. And the abuse and sexual abuse. People don't deserve this. I would like to thanks the Philippines embassy for looking into this . Also the in Bahrain there are several maids in the same situation. I would advise the embassy to look into that country also . For those of you that are reading this please be aware if you see someone that needs help . Feel free to stand up for your right

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  13. This is a releive to see the filipino government helping out abused maid in kuwait i wish the other countries too could reach out and help their people who has been a victims of scam egencies and harsh treatment of some kuwait…
    Kuwait is good but some housemiads are going through hell…

  14. The government should stop allowing Filipino house helper to work here in Kuwait.

  15. This is not all household worker, please be accurate…

  16. Are you sure they are treated bad by they employers to escape or they are impolite and lazy liars dont care for any thing but net and illegal relations with men they come to have boy friends not work

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