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Ugandan Women tricked into slavery in Iraq. Tuelimishane na Kulinda Jamii Yetu.

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    Ugandan women tricked into domestic slavery in Iraq
    By Anna Cavell Kampala

    The BBC has the first detailed accounts of how Ugandan women ended up in domestic slavery in Iraq, and the extraordinary story of their rescue.[​IMG]
    At least 100 of the Ugandan women who went to Iraq in 2009 remain unaccounted for

    Prossie was working as a schoolteacher when she heard an attractive advert on Ugandan radio.
    A Kampala company called Uganda Veterans Development Ltd was recruiting women to work for high wages in shops in US Army bases in Iraq.
    She signed up, along with 146 other Ugandan women.
    But when she arrived in Baghdad, she discovered that she had been bought by an Iraqi agent for $3,500 (£2,200). Her real job was as a housemaid for an Iraqi family.
    Like many others, she was forced to work long hours, sometimes from 5am until midnight. She often received little food or water and she was locked inside the house.
    "It was a lot of work because Iraqis have this dust, the sand storms, it keeps on falling, so you have to keep on cleaning from morning until you sleep," Prossie said.
    RapeWhen Prossie protested, her employer told her: "We paid a lot of money for you and we were told that you people don't get sick and you don't get tired. So you have to work."
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    Sam Tumwesigye and Lt Col Theodore Lockwood rescued 14 Ugandan women

    Prossie was raped by the man in the house. Several other trafficked Ugandan women we spoke to were raped too.
    "I felt so sad and I had no way out. I really hated everything in the house," she said. "It was psychological torture."
    On the other side of Baghdad, at an American military base, a Ugandan security contractor called Samuel Tumwesigye heard what was happening to these women.
    He called one of them, Agnes, on a mobile phone she had hidden, and promised to help her.
    "The first thing I did was go to my bedroom and pray to God," Mr Tumwesigye said. "I thought: 'Please, I'm going to start this. Let me succeed.'"
    He told Agnes that if she could escape from the house and get to the Flying Man statue close to Baghdad Airport he would rescue her.
    EscapeAgnes had no passport, very little money and she spoke no Arabic. But she had been told that she was soon to be moved to Syria and she believed this was her only chance of escaping.
    Continue reading the main story
    Ugandan Labour Exports
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    • Exporting labour earned Uganda $500m a year, at its peak in 2009
    • Most of the workers sent abroad are men, only a small minority are women
    • A women's rights organisation, FIDA-U, has filed a court case against Uganda Veterans Development Ltd
    • An earlier attempt to sue the company failed when the lawyer pulled out

    She waited until the family took an afternoon nap before going up to the roof of the house and stealing an abaya cloak from the washing line. When she got outside the gate of the house, she started running.
    She was able to find a taxi driver who spoke English and was prepared to take her to the statue. Agnes had to negotiate her way through four checkpoints without documents.
    She called Mr Tumwesigye en route and he risked his job when he appropriated a vehicle from the base and drove to get her - violating a strict requirement of his contract not to leave the base.
    Previously, Mr Tumwesigye had approached a base chief, Lt Col Theodore Lockwood, about the women's predicament.
    Col Lockwood said there was nothing the US Army could do to help the women. However, if they could somehow get to the base, he would allow them on to it.
    Military protectionJust hours after making this promise, he got a call to say that one of the women was in his office. Two days later Prossie and another woman arrived at the base by the same route.
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    They are not our employees - we recruit them and they make a contract with the companies on the other side "
    Colonel MudolaUganda Veterans Development Ltd

    The officer sent an email to his superiors explaining the situation and expecting to be told the women should not be on the camp.
    To his surprise, the e-mailed response read: "We will do everything we can to support you, we are going to provide temporary refuge for these women and they will be under the full protection and authority of the US Military."
    The pair rescued a total of 14 Ugandan women before changes to their jobs and the eventual closure of the base closed the escape route for good.
    None of those involved in this dramatic sequence of events in 2009 have spoken to the media before.
    Several of the women were sick or severely traumatised. One woman who was raped was pregnant and there were fears she would commit suicide. Another was unable to speak or hear as a result of mental trauma and many required treatment for dehydration and exhaustion.
    HelpCol Lockwood was able to get them medical attention and even dental treatment at the base.
    He spent $5,000 (£3,100) of his own money and another $2,500 collected from colleagues on clothes and other supplies for the women.
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    Uganda Veterans Development Ltd has strong links with the governing party

    The International Organisation for Migration took them back to Uganda.
    The company which recruited the women in Kampala, and continues to export labour, is Uganda Veterans Development Ltd.
    Its managing director, Colonel Mudola, denied that the women were sold and said that his company has no responsibility for the women after they have been recruited.
    "They are not our employees," he said. "We recruit them and they make a contract with the companies on the other side (in Iraq). We look after them and see that they are being treated well, but really the contract is between the agents and the girls."
    At its peak in 2009, the trade in exporting labour is thought to have been Uganda's largest source of foreign currency.
    Export licenceUganda Veterans' licence from the Ministry of Labour, allowing it to export labour, was revoked by the government after local media revealed the consequences.
    However, in December last year it was renewed and the exports resumed.
    When questioned, Labour Minister Gabriel Opio said: "We meet them at various political meetings and he (Col Mudola) is a member of the party hierarchy so you need to handle him so that he doesn't spoil the atmosphere when you're going for political meetings at the highest level."
    The BBC made contact within the last fortnight with a Ugandan woman sent to Iraq by Uganda Veterans.
    She said she was being held against her will, that she was very sick and had been raped and beaten.
    Since the BBC interviewed her and Col Mudola, she was put on a plane and returned to Uganda. No explanation was given.
    At least 100 of the Ugandan women who went to Iraq in 2009 remain unaccounted for, and Uganda Veterans does not know where they are.

    My Take:
    Kuna sense kwamba ni rahisi sana kuwaamini viongozi wa serikali hasa hawa wanaotaka kuanzisha biashara za namna hii ili kujinufaisha na fedha wakijua kabisa biashara kama hizi zinaweza kuumiza maisha ya watu. Nimeamua kupublish hii article kutoka bbc kwa sababu kama kuna walewalio na ndugu na wanajikuta wanashida na fedha, tafadhari fikiria mara mbili kumruhusu ndugu yako aondoke kwenda nchi za mbali kwa sababu tu familia iwe na maisha mazuri - ni hatari. Ni afadhari tuendelee kuwa maskini lakini si kuishi maisha ya namna hii au kupoteza ndugu zetu mbali. Zaidi, hivi tunaendelea kusikia kuhusu east africa common wealth hawa viongozi wetu wakiongozwa na kikwete na sitta wanaonekana kabisa hawafikirii na wala kuonya wananchi kwenye maswala kama haya tunayojiingiza na Uganda na Kenya. These are criminal institutions tunazileta Tanzania, anyway ni fikra za ccm pia.

    BBC News - Ugandan women tricked into domestic slavery in Iraq


     
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    Most people think that leaving their countries of origin is the best option for their
    lives and that it would improve for the best.... This issues is becoming really serious,
    For it is now happening all over, some stay there for years and are never able to turn back
    to their homes thou they desperately need to... and for Prossie she was lucky she was able to escape...
    From the report it is evident as much as they have mentioned the rescue of 14 women,
    it is so minimal a number - But as the saying goes something is better than nothing,
    and maybe they could atest in court against the concerned.
     
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    Zomba hasira zako zisi cloud your judgement... hii issue kweli ipo bana.
     
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    Kuna wafanyakazi in millions kutoka dunia nzima wanafanya kazi Middle East, sasa hao wote ni watumwa? Ashadii hakuna cha hasira, hawa watu nyinyi hamuwajui jinsi wanavyotumia mass phsychology kueneza hatred kwa anything Islamic. Muislaam mmoja akifanya kosa basi huwa ni Uislaam wote, mimi nakuambia google slavery halafu unambie, huu utumwa uko wapi kwa wingi na kwa nini mleta mada auone huu tu?

    Ikiwa ni wafanyakazi wa ndani wamekuwa watumwa, jee, hapa Tanzania hakuna? Na wanaopoandika yanayowahusu waislaam huwa wana dramatize ili tu watimize haja zao. Chunguza utanambia.
     
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    Hakuna Muislam hajui hilo Zomba... mimi ni Muislam na natambua hilo... But there are things i really have to be logic in deciding or looking them with a fresh eye... Me kua Islam does not mean nichekee uovu ulofanywa na Islam mwenzangu, sasa hizo cases zingine nimesikia sio toka katika inch ambazo ni related na Uarabuni, ni nchi za Ughaibuni huko, na ndio maana from my first post nimezungumzia hili suala kua ni wengi wanachukuliwa...

    Kuhusu your last para... Kuna tofauti ya kutoka kwenu ukijua unaenda kufanya kazi ya uyaya, na ile hali ya kununuliwa na kua one's property... Ans as much as they are dramatizing there may be truth in it - thus promoting it...
     
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    Ashadii, mimi binafsi nimeishi miaka mingi sana hizi nchi za kiarabu na za kizungu, ujana wangu wote nilikuwa nje ya Tanzania.

    Wengi kati ya hao wanaokwenda huwa wanaota pesa tu wakati wa kuondoka, hawafikirii na wala hawapewi elimu ya huko waendako kuwa ni "culture" tofauti kabisa, wengi wao hupata "culture shock" na home sickness na kwa kujuwa kuwa wana mikataba inayobidi waikamilishe wakiondoka inabidi adaiwe agent wao aliowaleta na in return agent alowachukua kwao inabidi awadai kwani toka wanapoondoka wanakuwa na mikataba kamili basi hutafuta kuzuwa kuwa wanateswa wanafanywa watumwa na kadhalika ili tu wa kwepe mikataba iliyowapeleka.

    Leo hii kuna wa Tanzania chungu nzima wanoishi hizo nchi za kiarabu na wengine wengi wameshindwa kuishi huko, wankwenda haipiti muda wanarudi kwa nini> kwa utumwa? hapana. Ni home sickness na culture shock.

    Kam hiyo hadithi hapojuu utaisoma vizuri, kuna mmoja anasema alikuwa haruhusiwi kutoka, sasa hiyo huoni ni kawaida kabisa kwa nchi ya culture za kiarabu halafu iko katika misuko misuko, mtoto wa kike wakuachie tu utoke utoke kama uko Kampala,inawezekana kweli hiyo? ukitazama kwa makini haiwezekani na alikuwa akizuliwa kutoka kwa faida yake. Lakini jamaa wanai "dramatize" kama vile kaonewa.

    Hizo pesa wanazosema wamenunuliwa, hizo ni normal manpower agency fees. Hawa pia wanazi "dramatize" kama vile ndio pesa walizonunuliwa nazo. haiingii akilini hasa ukifikiria kuwa kwa sasa Iraq ikoje.

    Hata hapaTanzania leo ukiletewa mfanyakazi wa nyumbani na madalali wanadai mshahara wa mwezi mmoja kama "finders fee" yao. Sasa utasema hizo pesa ndio zimemnunua huyo mfanyakazi? No.
     
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    Nafikiri the above part inakubaliana na post yangu hiyo ya kwanza hivyo naji quote "Most people think that leaving their countries of origin is the best option for their lives and that it would improve for the best.... " Hivyo basi mpaka hapo tupo pamoja... How ever when it comes to Cultural Shock Zomba ni wazi kua katika maeneo ambayo mtu atakua na ile home sickness haraka zaidi ni eneo ambalo anatumikishwa na hana kabisa "ME" time... Na hio ni zaidi tokana na the whole system of culture From language, food, and all its aspects is completely different from home - thus the best option kwa huyu ni kua encultured as best as s/he could.... Na pia Zomba ni wazi na tukumbuke inaweza ikawa rahis kuadapt Ughaibuni compared na Uarabuni... Enways... kokote kule where Culture seems Complex ni issue.. La muhimu naweza ongeza hapa ni kwamba Ughaibuni ni wengi compared to inchi za uarabuni... (At least for Africans....) Mfano mzuri... Dubai na Abhu Dhabi wamejaa Wahindi wanaofanyishwa kazi mno!



    Well zomba get where you blue is coming from... cant argue more hapo... And really out of words hapa. In the case of Tanzania that's a whole new level thou....
     
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