MEDIA SILENCE: Saudi Arabia Turns Foreign Workers Into Unpaid Slaves, Starving Them and Their Families
I received this email from a worker in Saudi Arabia (the English is a broken and awkward, but you get the picture):
“In Saudi Arabia 30000 workers are stuck as they are from diffrent countries and employee of Saudi oger company. Saudi Govt have not been paying them since. Jan-2016.
That workers and their families are dieing by starvation. There is no humanity here in this f*cking country.
I humbly request you to make a post on this to expose true face of Saudi muslims..“
Where are Huma (raised in Saudi Arabia) and Hillary?
“Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won’t leave without pay,” By Marwa Rashad and Katie Paul, Reuters | QADISIYA LABOUR CAMP, Saudi Arabia
Migrant construction workers, abandoned in their thousands by Saudi employers in filthy desert camps during the kingdom’s economic slump, say they will not accept a government offer of free flights home unless they receive months of unpaid wages.
The plight of the workers, stranded for months in crowded dormitories at labor camps with little money and limited access to food, water or medical care, has alarmed their home countries and drawn unwelcome attention to the conditions of some of the 10 million foreign workers on whom the Saudi economy depends.
The government says it is trying to resolve the situation by giving the workers — who normally need their employers’ permission to leave the country — the right to go home and free transport back. It is also granting them special permission to stay while they look for other jobs.
But workers say they
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