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Create jobs locally to tackle mistreatment of youth in Gulf countries

Data from the Labour Ministry shows that there are about 400,000 Kenyan migrant workers in the Gulf, of which 210,000 are in Saudi Arabia. [iStockphoto]

Most young Kenyans are moving out of the country in search of greener pastures abroad, especially for jobs. The population is rising higher day by day leading to strain for available resources.

Data from the Labour Ministry shows that there are about 400,000 Kenyan migrant workers in the Gulf, of which 210,000 are in Saudi Arabia.

These Kenyans end up being mistreated in foreign countries due to racial biases, religious affiliation or other unwarranted reasons.

According to a human rights report, many women say their employers force them to work against their will. The report reveals that employers often take away passports, and lock workers in their homes, increasing the isolation and risk of psychological, physical and sexual abuse.

Many Kenyans have lost their lives while working in Gulf countries, whereas others have endured torture and discriminatory treatment.

With very little opportunities here in Kenya, many see working in Arab countries as a ticket out of poverty, as statistics show that about 40 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.

The high cost of living and fluctuating cost of basic commodities is among the pressures triggering exploiting jobs overseas.

The government is to blame for the rise in cost of living that has forced many Kenyans to seek jobs abroad. The new government should show citizens that leaving the country is not the only solution but there are other things that can be done here to make it safe for everyone.

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President William Ruto should act fast to revive the economy and make Kenya a better country for every citizen. To end discrimination abroad, the new government should revive industries so that the citizens can get jobs and sustain themselves and their families.

Letter from Nickson Matayo, Kakamega.