AUDIO: Ghanaian Girls Being Used For Rituals In Saudi Arabia?
A voice recording accompanied by a photo of a young lady making the rounds on social media has drawn or rather heightened awareness on the plight of some Ghanaian and other African ladies living in Saudi Arabia (and other countries in that region). Most Ghanaians envisage the region as a plush, rich field overflowing with wealth. The truth of the matter however, going by this and other stories coming out of the region is that, whereas this may be true, the greener grass comes with some serious ‘attachments’.
A few months ago, Ghnewsnow published the story of 13 Zimbabwean women rescued from slavery in Kuwait. Now, this audio byte seems to throw more light on the kind of slavery our unfortunate sisters are going through.
It will also be recalled that Qatar has been accused of practicing what can only be described as slavery in building their stadiums and preparing for the 2022 World Cup. Reports of appalling treatment of workers surfaced in investigations. The Guardian, UK reported that:
“This summer, Nepalese workers died at a rate of almost one a day in Qatar, many of them young men who had sudden heart attacks. The investigation found evidence to suggest that thousands of Nepalese, who make up the single largest group of labourers in Qatar, face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery, as defined by the International Labour Organisation, during a building binge paving the way for 2022”.
It was reported that upon arrival in these countries, the passports of people seeking so-called menial jobs are confiscated rendering them virtual prisoners in an unknown land. Their communications are also strictly monitored making it difficult for them to tell their families back home what they are going through.
Surprisingly, nothing seems to be done to stop this.
According to the audio byte, the lady’s employers in Saudi Arabia draw blood from her spine regularly, ostensibly for ritual purposes. From the story told therein, the agents who recruit these ladies are highly complicit in the whole matter as they report back to the ’employers’ if the victims call them seeking help. [EDITOR’S NOTE: This should give our law enforcement authorities a starting point for their investigations]
Even though Ghnewsnow cannot independently authenticate the source and veracity of the audio recording, we feel a strong duty to put it out there, not just to potentially save the life of the young lady but also to call the government out on its seeming laxity in dealing with issues like this.
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