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Audio: Kenyan woman detained in Saudi Arabia pleads for help

Audio: Kenyan woman detained in Saudi Arabia pleads for help

A Kenyan woman detained in Saudi Arabia is desperately calling out for help to return home.

Ms Elizabeth Sineno, who is currently detained at the labour offices Jouf Sakaka in Saudi Arabia, has sent audio recordings appealing for assistance.

In one of the recordings sent to the Nation, Ms Sineno is heard narrating how her dreams of improving her life were shuttered.

She says things changed from bad to worse after her former boss, for whom she had worked for three years, sold her off to an unidentified woman.

Ms Sineno claims to have left Watamu, Mombasa County, in 2014 for Saudi Arabia, anticipating to get a job that would free her from the jaws of abject poverty.

According to Ms Sineno, the said woman hired her services for four years, though on and off.

She however recounts of a fateful day on June 16, 2018 when the said woman together with her son drove her off to a city called Tabuk  in the northwest and abandoned her there.

According to Ms Sineno, the son was driving the car and after several kilometres away, she was asked to alight after the woman claimed there was a puncture.

“The son who was on the wheel faked a puncture and asked everyone to disembark the vehicle. He then threw my bags outside before he and his mother drove away leaving me behind,” says Ms Sineno.

She was later saved by police officers who took her to a police station at Aljouf Sakaka, a city farther northwest.

She was then taken to the labour offices where she met other women who had been detained there.

“Since then we have been held hostage at the labour offices for the last one year without proper accommodation nor medication,” the distraught woman says.

“We have been trying to reach the Kenyan embassy for assistance to no avail and we request Kenyans of good will to help us get back home.”

According to the recording, the women are now fearing for their children whom they claim depend on them and are now struggling back at home.

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