In the past two years, 89 Kenyans working in Saudi Arabia have died of a heart attack. It’s suspicious, reports the Kenyan Foreign Ministry. Machriya Kamau, secretary in the ministry of diplomacy, accused the labor ministry of negligence in not monitoring and protecting Kenyan workers abroad.
Kenya’s foreign ministry said the deaths of 89 Kenyans working in Saudi Arabia in the past two years, mostly as servants, “are suspect.” They were young people, and Saudi Arabia officially named the cause of death as having a heart attack.
Amnesty International reports that workers in Middle East countries often complain of physical violence, rape and unsafe working conditions. Many poor Kenyans are looking for jobs in wealthy Arab countries.
Kenya accuses Saudi Arabia of negligence
Kenyan Foreign Office Secretary Machriya Kamau said on Thursday that all 89 Kenyan deaths in Saudi Arabia are suspect. “It is not possible for all these young people to have a heart attack,” he added.
Kamau accused the labor ministry of negligence in not monitoring and protecting Kenyan workers abroad. The head of parliament’s labor committee, Wachir Kabing, said Kenyan workers needed protection.
At least 100,000 Kenyans work in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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