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PostSubject: Abused OFW recounts ordeal in Kuwait   Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:37 pm

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 07/29/2009 1:25 PM




Forty-one-year-old Jenny (not her real name) sought the help of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait after her Kuwaiti employer threatened to burn her face and eyes.

“Ang tingin ko sa kanya parang demonya na hindi na normal kasi hindi naman ito gawain ng normal na tao. Tutuklapin ang balat mo,” said Jenny.

Safely away from the abusive hands of her lady employer, the many scars and bruises she sustained are testament to the hardships she endured while working as a household service worker in Kuwait.

Jenny’s lady employer would heat a kitchen knife on a stove and place it on her neck, ears, lips, hands and feet.

“Pinaso niya ang leeg ko, ang braso ko ultimo ang paa. Sa kamay ko dahilan sa mabagal daw akong kumilos, ang paa ko mabagal daw akong maglakad. Kailangan daw kapag may inutos siya sa akin kailangan daw tumakbo para mabilis daw akong dumating kaya pinaso paa ko. At ang tainga ko hindi daw ako nakikinig sa kanya. Hindi daw ako sumasagot agad kapag tinatawag niya ako,” Jenny said.

Even her back was not spared from the brutal hands of her employer. Sometimes, her employer would use a water hose or a belt to whip her on the back.

She added that she endured two years of continuous physical suffering from her lady employer.

“Syempre masakit wala na akong nagawa kung di ang umiyak. Yung sakit sa tainga kasi napaso na niya ako. Kung gaganti ako noong mga oras na yun baka wala na ako ngayon. Baka may mangyari sa kanya dahil buntis nga siya hindi ko siya magalaw. Natatakot din ako baka may mangyari din sa bata,” she said.

Furthermore, she could not understand her lady employer’s very strange behavior.

“Siya pa yun nagbibigay sa akin ng ointment kapag napaso niya ako. Concerned pa siya na gamutin ko ang balat ko. Yung kamay ko siya pa nagbibigay ng cream at pinagsusuot ng gloves pag naghuhugas,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Ricardo Endaya said that the embassy contacted a Kuwaiti lawyer who is ready to file a case against the OFW’s employer.

“I hope the Kuwaiti authorities will not close their eyes sa ganitong klase ng kaso,” Endaya said. Report from Maxxy Santiago,ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau, Kuwait
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