In July 2015, Uganda and Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of understanding with the mutual agreements that provisioned Ugandan graduates who are unemployed can travel to their country and be employed in their oil firms and as domestic workers with a monthly minimum wage of $200 and a (legally) conducive working condition. Well it’s been 6 months and it appears one party is cheating or rather abusing the other.
With alleged incessant reports of gross abuse and maltreatment, the Ugandan government has placed a ban that counters the initial agreement. Hence forth, Ugandans in Saudi Arabia have been banned from taking up jobs in the Middle East country as domestic workers, pending when Saudi Arabian work conditions change for the better.
In honor of the initial deal, reports have it that there are about 500 Ugandans working as domestic workers in Saudi Arabia. Before the recent development, the bilateral agreements was aimed at tackling Ugandan unemployment; and a tactful means of avoiding human trafficking and abuse of desperate Ugandans who wish to migrate illegally.
Unfortunately the middle east has not kept a record of good dealings with migrant domestic workers. As it is now,
“Uganda becomes the fourth country after Indonesia, Ethiopia and the Philippines to ban their nationals from travelling to Saudi to work as domestic workers over concerns of abuse”- Aljazeera
Domestic work services in general is a very sensitive topic, if you don’t hear horrific stories from the workers, then it’s their employers as in this case. In 2014, there was a viral video of the “Ugandan monster maid”, now it’s the other way round.
Ugandans are not the only people who have ugly tales to tell about abusive treatments; a large percentage of Asian migrants have suffered incredible dehumanization from their employers too. This boils down to the question of human rights in the world since the evil syndrome of abusing workers cuts across many nations and people.