Saudi repatriates express readiness to work in homeland

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Addis Ababa, 16 December 2013 (WIC) - A Saudi repatriate Tehiba Mohamed says that she would never and ever think of leaving for Middle East countries in search of job opportunities because of the sufferings and the mistreatment which she experienced there on daily basis.
She further said that she has already made up her mind to work and earn a living at home.

According to her, she went to Saudi Arabia two years back as a housemaid through a legal foreign workers' agency and she left her job due to a life threatening disagreement with her employer and sons a year later.

“I used to do domestic work in various households as a runaway and illegal migrant worker. Following the passing of the deadline of seven–month amnesty for illegal workers, Saudi police launched a crackdown on us. In the meantime, I was caught and imprisoned for a week,” she added.

While getting ready to go to her hometown, Woldiya, at a bus terminal in Dessie town, Tehiba told Ethiopian Press Agency reporters recently that she lost her passport and suitcases during the visa raids and arrived home without possessing her belongings.

However, she has forgotten the ill treatment and looting she suffered when she was accorded a warm welcome by the people and the government along with their morale and financial support.

Another repatriate, Werke Geta, who was on her way to Qobo Raya, said that she on the sly entered Saudi Arabia crossing the Red Sea passing through one of the harshest deserts in the world with the help of human traffickers last year.

According to Werke, she used to lead a terrible life there exposed to various domestic and physical violence on grounds of her being illegal migrant. In addition to this,she was supposed to carry out the household chores of her employer as well as relatives day and night without any rest.

Having returned home safely, she expressed gratitude to God, the people of Ethiopia and the government for every support . And in her final sisterly message to fellow younger brothers and sisters, she said that they have to use exhaustively the available job opportunities in their motherland to lead a comfortable and better life.

Dessie Town Labour and Social Affairs Bureau Head Belaynesh Lema on her part said that many people from Dessie and its environs as well as neighboring states used the town to meet and strike business deals with human traffickers in the past which has now been tackled jointly with the federal special force and the people in the state.

Regarding the Saudi repatriates, she noted that the Bureau has begun registration in a bid to organize them in Micro and Small- scale Enterprises according to their interest. The number of Saudi repatriates has so far reached over 100,000. (EH)

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