Kenya’s Woman Reunited With Her Son After Fleeing From Torture In The Gulf

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Detectives have reunited a minor with his mother after she fled from captivity in Saudi Arabia, leaving the two-year-old boy under the care of his father.

This is after the woman, only identified as Mohammed, 28, escaped from the gulf country after being taken seriously ill following months of torture by her employer. Mohammed fled back to the country, leaving her beloved son with her husband, who was equally living in dehumanizing conditions and could not stay with him.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the child’s father, Bashir Mwarabu, was forced to hatch a plot to send the child to his mother in Kenya since he could not take care of him under the prevailing circumstances.

“An opportunity presented itself when another victim of torture, identified as 26-year-old Maimuna Kassim, escaped from captivity to the streets of Riyadh where according to her report, she was arrested by authorities and served a three-week sentence in Tarhil prison before being deported back to the country on October 3, 2022,” said DCI.

Kassim offered to travel back with the minor, but upon arrival, the good samaritan disappeared with the child prompting her distraught mother to file a report at Gongoni police station, Kenya’s coast.

Detectives based at the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit in Mombasa took over investigations into the matter. On Wednesday, September 5, 2022, the minor and the suspect were found in Mabrui, Kilifi county.

This comes in the wake of increased cases of mistreatment of migrant workers in the gulf.

DCI advised Jobseekers to be wary of unscrupulous employment agents not recognized by the government and sneak out immigrants without proper documentation.

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