'The Saudis Treat Us Like Animals'

'In Kenya, I bought you. You will do what I want.' Riyadh formally abolished slavery in 1962, but migrant workers, especially women, offer shocking testimony about what it’s like to be one of Saudi Arabia’s African 'slaves'

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"The worst was the grandmother [...] She is sick, so rude and racist. She thinks I am dirty because I am black and would not let me drink from her glasses; but I washed them! It is so humiliating. I am a human being." 

Brenda Carol Adhiambo, a Kenyan citizen, worked  as a maid for a Saudi household in Dammam, a coastal city on the Persian Gulf, from 2019 to 2021. Her experience of racist abuse in Saudi Arabia is far from unusual for Kenyans working in the Gulf.

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