Whenever one of our family members failed to contact us, we cannot help but feel worried. Are they still safe? Maybe they are suffering from illness, stress or other unforeseen circumstances.
This is the same scenario when we part ways with our loved ones who are going to other countries to work as Overseas Filipino Workers. We need to sacrifice two to three years of being apart from each other, just for them to provide a better future for the whole family.
But what if your loved one fails to contact you for five years? What will you do?
Domestic Helper Missing For Five Years
This is the scenario that the family of Rahima Kamad Abdulkadir is suffering from. Rahima’s last conversation with her family was in 2013. When she tried getting in touch with her family, she’s getting a prompt that the number she is trying to call is wrong.
After several attempts, she still failed to contact her family until she forgot their contact number.
Rahima has been working alone as a domestic helper in Kuwait for the past five years. She’s with an employer who abuses her physically and is not receiving her salary on time. According to her, after collecting their salary, the male employer would ask to borrow it and promises to pay it the next month. This has always been his practice until he never returns the money and they stopped receiving their salary.
Due to the abuse that she and another unnamed Filipina domestic helper, they decided to buy a cellphone. They asked help from the driver and informed them that they cannot take the abuse anymore. Out of pity, because of the bruises on their faces, the driver bought cellphones for them. They also asked another friend to buy them a SIM pack so they can use the smartphone.
She was able to connect with her sibling via Facebook who connected her to more of her family members.
A concerned unnamed group contacted the Embassy and provided information about the two domestic helpers.
There is still no details on when she will be able to come back to her family. According to the Ambassador, they still need to fix her issue with the unclaimed salary. After that, they will fly her back to the country.
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