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Death Toll in the Gulf: A Disturbing Trend of Kenyan Migrant Worker Deaths

The Gulf region has become a sought-after destination for many Kenyan workers in search of better job opportunities and higher incomes. However, the recent revelation by Labour Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore sheds light on a dark and disturbing trend - the death toll of Kenyan migrant workers in the Gulf. According to Bore, the highest number of deaths of Kenyan workers in the Gulf has been recorded in Saudi Arabia.




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Over the last three years, a staggering 283 Kenyans have lost their lives in the Gulf region, with most of them being domestic workers who left the country in pursuit of greener pastures. The numbers have been climbing steadily, reaching an alarming total of 175 deaths in Saudi alone since 2020. In 2020, 48 deaths were reported, which increased to 60 in the following year. The number peaked last year at 77 deaths.

The situation is not much better in other Gulf countries. Qatar, for instance, has seen 53 Kenyan migrant workers lose their lives over the same period, with 26 deaths in 2022 alone. The United Arab Emirates recorded 45 deaths, with ten occurring in 2020 and 17 in 2021. A total of 18 deaths were reported in 2022.

The causes of these deaths are varied, ranging from illnesses to outright murder. The next of kin of the deceased were duly notified through the established channels. The government has made efforts to address the grievances and concerns of Kenyan workers in the Gulf. The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has resolved 121 dispute cases involving Kenyan migrant workers in the Gulf this year alone. These cases mostly revolved around unpaid wages, employment contract issues, workload, medical treatment, and inadequate living conditions.

Female lawmakers have been advocating for a ban on exporting domestic workers to the Gulf region, citing the need for better protection measures for Kenyan workers. They argue that many workers are subjected to long working hours, multiple homes, and deprived of basic freedoms. It is crucial for the government to address these concerns and ensure the safety and well-being of Kenyan workers abroad.

In response to this alarming situation, the government has taken initial steps to secure the rights of Kenyan workers in Saudi Arabia. Measures include a review of the Bilateral Labour Agreement between Kenya and Saudi Arabia. However, more comprehensive measures need to be implemented to safeguard the lives and rights of Kenyan migrant workers in the Gulf.

The Gulf region should be a place of opportunity and advancement for Kenyan workers, not a source of tragedy. It is the responsibility of both governments and recruitment agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of workers abroad. The voices of Kenyan workers should be heard, and their rights protected. Only then can we truly realize the potential of labor migration and secure a better future for all.

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