Hot oil poured on maid
Maid Seble Rahel lies in a hospital bed in Dubai unable to utter a word.
The 26-year-old Ethiopian, who is a mother of four, was taken to Rashid Hospital’s intensive care unit a month ago after her employer’s wife poured hot cooking oil on her face and chest.
Abuse like Rahel’s is one of the reasons Ethiopian Consular General in Dubai Mesganu Arga Moach says the Ethiopian government has banned its residents from coming to work in the UAE.
As he visited the wards yesterday to check on victims he told 7DAYS: “This is barbarism. We cannot sit and watch as our nationals continue to suffer at the hands of the people who are meant to protect them.
“These maids are human and they come here to earn a decent living to support their poor families. We have decided that this abuse must stop.”
Moach said the consulate receives an average of 13 complaints a day related to various forms of abuse of housemaids.
Complaints range from rape and physical abuse to non-payment of wages and lack of access to medical facilities.
Moach said the problem starts with dodgy recruitment companies that do not want to follow the laws set by the Ethiopian government that require them to give certified contracts to the workers.
The consulate is now in negotiations with the UAE on the terms of the agreement.
“It is a serious security issue for the UAE when you have thousands of housemaids on the run. But if people know that their rights are protected, their salaries are paid on time, they have medical insurance and can call their families when they want, why would they run away?” said Moach.