Ethiopians Back From Saudi Recall Arab Attacks

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Ethiopians display scars inflicted by Saudi authorities

AFRICANGLOBE – Ethiopians returning after a clampdown, former migrants say they were beaten, robbed and jailed, and that they will never go back.

When Abdallah Awele moved to Saudi Arabiafrom Ethiopia last year, he thought he would land a good job and earn enough money to send home to his family.

But instead, Abdallah, 21, said he was beaten, robbed and jailed for living in the country illegally.

“I wanted a good salary and a good life, that’s why I crossed the border,” he said.

“When I was in Saudi Arabia, I was successful, I was saving a lot of money and I had nice things. But I lost all of it. Now I am home and I won’t go back there.”

Abdallah was one of at least 23,000 Ethiopians living illegally in Saudi Arabia, and part of a group of close to 400 flown home on Friday after being expelled.

According to Ethiopian officials, three of their nationals were killed this month in clashes with Saudi police as the clampdown – set in motion after a seven-month amnesty period expired – got under way.

“I had 3,500 Saudi Arabian riyals (930 dollars, 690 euros). We were taken to prison, I lost my luggage, and all of my money was collected by the police,” Abdallah said.

“Even my shoes were collected by the police,” he said, speaking barefoot after leaving the airport with about 30 other men and showing scars on the back of his neck.

Abdullah, who had a job guarding animals, was jailed for six months – during which he said he was denied food and medical help.

Ethiopians Unemployed

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Ethiopians tied up and beaten by Arabs in Saudi Arabia

Facing limited job prospects and harsh economic realities back home, large numbers of Ethiopian men and women head to the oil- and gas-rich Arabian peninsula every year seeking work.

The International Labour Organisation said many face physical and mental abuse, menial pay, discrimination and poor working conditions, and the Ethiopian government announced last month it was banning domestic workers from travelling to the Middle East to look for jobs after widespread reports of mistreatment.

Like Abdullah, Abdurahman Kamal said he too was beaten before being jailed for ten days. His employer revoked his salary and his visa before handing him over to the authorities, he says.

“The police asked for money but at that time I didn’t have the money, so the police beat me,” said Abdurahman, 21, who worked as a driver.

Now he says he is relieved to be home after three years in Saudi Arabia.

“I get to go back to my family,” he said, wearing a torn shirt that revealed his scarred torso.

With 91 million inhabitants, Ethiopia is the most populous country in Africa after Nigeria, but also one of the poorest. Ethiopia’s unemployment rate – 27 percent among women and 13 percent among men, according to the ILO – is the main driver for young people seeking better opportunities abroad.

The UN refugee agency says that over 51,000 Ethiopians risked their lives this year alone on the risky sea crossing across the Gulf of Aden, where reports are common of ships sinking or refugees drowning after being thrown out too far from the shore.

‘Thousands’ in Prison

It was greener pastures that led Ahmed Abduljebar, 25, abroad three years ago. He moved to Yemen to work as a waiter and was arrested when he crossed into Saudi Arabia without a visa.

He said he was robbed and beaten before being jailed for three months, and complained that the Ethiopian embassy should have responded faster to release Ethiopians from prison.

Ahmed said while he is happy to be home, he “feels sick” knowing there are still thousands of Ethiopians still in jail.

While they now face the difficult task of finding work at home, they agree they have no plans to go back.

“I would never go back again to Saudi Arabia,” Abdurahman said.

 

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An Ethiopian woman who committed suicide in Saudi Arabia, she was being held in virtual slavery and decided suicide was the only way out. In Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to leave their home without a male escort and foreigners who are on work permit are not allowed to leave the country without the approval of their employer, who usually confiscate the employee's passport and identity papers. This is a precarious situation for a foreign woman to be in, she can be held in a home with no means whatsoever of getting out or returning to her country. After numerous attempts to return to Ethiopia were blocked, and constant abuse from her Arab employers, she decided that suicide was the only way out.
An Ethiopian woman who committed suicide in Saudi Arabia, she was being held in virtual slavery and decided suicide was the only way out. In Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to leave their home without a male escort and foreigners who are on work permit are not allowed to leave the country without the approval of their employer, who usually confiscate the employee's passport and identity papers. This is a precarious situation for a foreign woman to be in, she can be held in a home with no means whatsoever of getting out or returning to her country. After numerous attempts to return to Ethiopia were blocked, and constant abuse from her Arab employers, she decided that suicide was the only way out.

  This is how it is for many people who go there to seek work.  I remember an article regarding Philipine workers.  A woman in particular.  What they don't tell you is that once you get there, you need THEIR permission to leave.  And they are absolutely abusive to women workers and prefer male philipino prositutes.  Jedda is the mecca for this type of behavior.  It is definitely a man's world there as well as many other places in the Arab environment.  Native women have no rights so what woman or man in their right mind would want to go there?  Desperate people looking for jobs to take care of their families and who are totally unaware of the cruelty and inhumane practice of a place that hasn't changed in 1500 years except for of course cars and electricity.  It is a living hell. And as a woman's advocate I have heard soooooooo much horror of women going there to seek employment and become trapped and enslaved. And those who resist come back to their homeland in a coffin box like many women from India and Nepal. And is WHY the Arab world prohibit the outside to see what is really going on  Yet it slips out and information of these injustices are sneaked out through undercover videos and articles.  And this is the 21st century.  Tragic.  But!.

Here’s a Saudi massa violently terrorizing a worker:

 http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/31/...rabia-beating-video/

Here’s the official Saudi response days later questioning if this is a real situation: “There is no proof this is real yet," said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "The police are still investigating and trying to verify the video clip."

 

I saw this clip about a week after seeing “12 Years a Slave:” which I thought was weak on several levels. If the infernal horror of slavery was actually represented it would be 50x worse than the Saudi clip.

From above . . . The Ethiopian government does not support its own citizens: “outraged civilians in Addis Ababa staged a protest outside the Saudi Embassy, only to be confronted by their own police force, wielding batons and beating demonstrators. Al Jazeera reports that police “arrested dozens of people outside the Saudi embassy [in Addis Ababa] in a crackdown on demonstrators protesting against targeted attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.” - See more at: http://www.tadias.com/11/23/20...PEWc2Lls.dpuf”

Brotha DK wrote:  Here’s a Saudi massa violently terrorizing a worker:

 http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/31/...rabia-beating-video/

 

Here’s the official Saudi response days later questioning if this is a real situation: “There is no proof this is real yet," said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "The police are still investigating and trying to verify the video clip."

 

I saw this clip about a week after seeing “12 Years a Slave:” which I thought was weak on several levels. If the infernal horror of slavery was actually represented it would be 50x worse than the Saudi clip.

 

Exactly!  And even the movie "Roots" depicting the Atlantic Slave Trade in my opinion is watered down.  But the Arab Slave Trade was far worse than the Atlantic Slave Trade for several reasons.  One:  the Arabs were the initiators of the original slave trade in Africa; Two:  There were far more brutal i.e. introducing male castration and FGM to the African world and three, they taught MASSA the ropes of chattel slavery prior to coming to the New World.  Now I'm not saying Arabs are the original world slavers....I am saying that they are the original African slavers whose inhumane practices are relevant today.  But!

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