NO TO SLAVERY

Fonsohyvette
Posted July 25, 2019

  Hi, my name is Yvette and this is my story.A year ago, i decided to go and work in Kuwait because i thought that i was going to make money very easy. There was a job opportunity to come and work as a house help and i decided to go for it since i love doing house choirs.l know i have taken so many many bad decisions in my life but i think this was the worst one ever. I did consulted only a friend of mine who was already working in Kuwait and she told me that i will be just fine and that being a house help in Kuwait is just so easy.

  When i arrived Kuwait i knew that finally my dreams will be fulfilled and that i had taken the best decision ever, i mean Kuwait looked beautiful and so clean but little did i know that after days everything would change. In my heart i was so happy and kept thanking God for the opportunity but after some few minutes i was asked by my sponsor  to give my passport that really got me shocked and i felt it in me immediately that i had sacrificed my life. Am just a single single young lady who will go to any extent to provide for my little ones and mother. I did not think about myself as far as those beside me are happy i will be ok. So i decided that if i will go and work while sending money back home by the end of 2years i will be financially stable i was ok. The anxiety of working abroad was so much talkless of the promised salary that was so much than what i have ever earned back home .

  At first, i felt appreciated until demands started coming, like forcing me to learn their language ( Arabic), making me an id card for me of which i will not still see it and to make the situation worst is that the agreed salary is not even given to me at the end of the month.

  My boss assured me that she would not put any presure on me because i was new and had no experience but on the contrary she slapped me to clean fast and go to the kichen to help the cook. She would nag all day long pouring insults on my that am smelling, touch my breast and worned me from wearing the bras that i came with. She would go to the market and buy bras that had no foam in it that she wants me to put on but those ones, but still she would bit me up saying that my breast were still too standing and she wanted them to fall because it may attract her husband. At times she will slapped my breast that they were stubborn.It was a family of 6 and l literally had to mob the floor with and use hand brush to brush all the carpets that were available in the house (2 story),go and help the cook to make breakfast, do laundary, go again for launch,  dinner and will still have alot to do.

  It reached a point where i only had 3hours to sleep because she would  go out by midnight and instructed me not to sleep untill she comes back. She told me that i had been bought and that there was nothing i could do to her, and every time i tried to calling those that are in the office they always say " pecivier" and that there is nothing they could do. I would cry and asked God to intervain in my situation. When i got sicked she told me that is not her buisness but must do her duties and i will pray for God to heal me and to give me strength to overcome and God in His infinite mercy will heal me and i became more stronger.

  One day she came to me and said i should pack all my things, that she is taking me back to the office that she has done everything for my breast to fall but to no avail. She sent her daughter,son and brother to take me back to the office, honestly i was so happy and kept thanking God for answered prayers but the question that was running in my mind was will i be soled to a house that is better or even worser than where i was coming from?????

  When we arrived the office the lady that was controlling the office (Ethiopia lady) flogged me well and told me that i did not want to work and did not give me food for 2days saying that was my punishment. 4days later i was sold again this time i was still told that i would cleaned the house but when i arrived the house  it was another story. I had to clean a 3 story and still took care of one fat fater who could not walked on his own but was sitting steadily on a wheel chair. I had to take him to the toilet, washed his anus and pushed him back to the sitting room, cleaned his body and he will pee in one gallon i will take to go and empty it. 

  The worst was his sleeping time, he would start watching his movies at 12midnight and will finished at times by 4am and that is when i will go and sleep  to wake  up again at 6am. Ohhh i cried untill at times even tears will not come down again

  Then i decided on a faithful Thursday to run away, while running i had no one to call, or run to, i was just going that the police should catch me then a driver came and and asked me where i was going to and i told him i had no destination then he took me to a place called shelta a non governmental organizations (NGO)and told me that i should go and knock there that they will help me and that is how i got there those people helped me and made me a laiser passer and i was repatriated back to my country. 

I hope my story will help somebody not to make thesame mistakes that i made.

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Human Rights for All.

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Lisbeth
Jul 25
Jul 25

Dear Fosoh,
You are most welcome welcome to world pulse and i am very sorry to hear what you have to gone through. Surely, a lot will learnt from your experience. Thanks vey much for sharing.

Lisbeth
Jul 25
Jul 25

Good you came back whole body to your family. We thank God for that. Pls was your return very recent? And pls have you seek for any phycological trauma treatment? Pls if you have not, pls try and seek for such help. It will help you get your self esteem back. Pls take care.

Fonsohyvette
Jul 25
Jul 25

I came back on the 4th of May and thanks very much for your words of encouragement and i will do just as you have said.

Lisbeth
Jul 26
Jul 26

04/05/19, it's recent and memories are fresh. Pls seek for help. Warm regards

Corine Milano
Jul 25
Jul 25

Hello Yvette, thank you so much for your courage and bravery. I am appalled at what you went through in Kuwait, and I am so grateful that you were able to escape and return to your country and that you have found World Pulse, a community of sisters who will surround you and encourage you as you heal from this traumatic experience.

I am curious if you know Awah Francisca, who has written a story of surviving very similar circumstances in Kuwait. She comes from Cameroon. If you do not already know her, I am sure she will have great words of strength for you as you rebuild your life. https://www.worldpulse.com/voices-rising/stories/cameroon-i-survived-hum...

Welcome to World Pulse, Yvette. We are so grateful to have you here!

Corine

Fonsohyvette
Jul 25
Jul 25

Thank you so much and i know Awah very well, we leave in thesame city

Maya Iwata
Jul 25
Jul 25

Yvette,
So sad to hear what you have gone through and so appreciate your bravery for sharing your story to help others. What wonderful news that you were able to return home. I was glad to see that you are going to take Lisbeth's advice and get treatment for the trauma you have suffered. Please know you are not alone and there is a global sisterhood here at World Pulse. Warmest wishes to you.

Fonsohyvette
Jul 25
Jul 25

Thanks so much!

Moutushi Dey
Jul 25
Jul 25

Hi Yvette, welcome to world pulse and thank you for sharing your story. I can't imagine what you have been through, but thankfully it's over now. You are so brave and courageous, I hope you heal from the trauma soon, sending positive energy!

Fonsohyvette
Jul 25
Jul 25

Thanks ma. I really appropriate

Jill Langhus
Jul 26
Jul 26

Hello Dear Yvette,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thank you for sharing your traumatizing story and spreading awareness on this issue. I do hope you're doing better now that you're back in your country? I'm so glad that Franky is helping you to reintegrate and that she encouraged you to write on World Pulse, too. We're happy to have you here as part of the sisterhood. Please keep speaking up, and let us know if we can help, too:-)

XX

Fonsohyvette
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thanks so much ma for the words of encouragement. Ivreally appreciate

Jill Langhus
Jul 26
Jul 26

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Hope you're safe and well! Looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

Fonsohyvette
Jul 26
Jul 26

I am ok thanks. Ok

Jill Langhus
Jul 26
Jul 26

Okay, dear.

XX

Leonida Odongo
Jul 26
Jul 26

Lisbeth , it's great to hear you survived the hardships .In my country Kenya , many young women go to Saudi and other parts of middle east and suffer alot.

Take courage sister and thanks for sharing this is a very powerful information to those who want migrate so that they make the right decisions before going abroad.

Fonsohyvette
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thanks dear

Beth Lacey
Jul 30
Jul 30

This is just horrible. I hope you are doing much better now.

Fonsohyvette
Aug 12
Aug 12

I am ma thanks

Hello, Yvette,

I’m sorry you experienced such brutal treatment from different employers. I hope you have the time to heal from that traumatic events physically, mentally and emotionally.

I hear many stories like yours told by domestic helpers from our country. There were even those who died and sent their bodies back here. It’s really tragic when house helps are treated like that.

I’m so glad you escaped. But more than that, I am so happy that you are here to speak your truth and tell your story. That’s how to reclaim it!

I hope you are doing well now?
Welcome to World Pulse! You may continue to recount your stories here. Writing them and receiving encouragement bring healing. Hugs, my brave, resilient sister.

Fonsohyvette
Aug 12
Aug 12

Thanks dear

You’re welcome, sister.

Spiritedsoul
Aug 14
Aug 14

So sorry to hear what you experienced. You are couragous. Hugs.

Fonsohyvette
Aug 17
Aug 17

Thanks dear