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Kenyan graduates turning to online jobs amid soaring unemployment

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

As unemployment continues to rise in Kenya, the country's jobseekers are turning to websites hosted in and out of the country for online work

As unemployment continues to rise in Kenya, the country's jobseekers are turning to websites hosted in and out of the country for online work

As unemployment continues to rise in Kenya, the country’s jobseekers are turning to websites hosted in and out of the country for online work, mainly freelance engagements.

Each year, a big number of graduates from universities and tertiary institutions join the job-hunting group in Kenya, but not so many can get a chance. High unemployment rates have left millions of youths jobless.

However, the country’s online job sites have helped relieve the unemployment pressure for the jobless, mainly the youth, by providing online jobs enabling the youth to earn money as freelance workers. The websites offer various jobs such as writing, web and graphic design, internet marketing, online tutoring, online researches, jewellery selling, adverts placing, data entry, telecommuting that are popular among Kenyans and some other opportunities that do not require special skills, thus allowing all kinds of people to work.

Evans Hamisi, a resident of Nairobi, is making money online. Hamisi, who majored in Business Management, graduated from a university in Nairobi three years ago and has been working online for the past two years. “I work for several online sites both foreign and local as a freelancer. With the money I make every month, I do not think I will look for employment anytime sooner,” says Hamisi. The 28-year-old works as a web designer, a writer, a graphic designer and online tutor. As an online tutor, Hamisi teaches students mainly mathematics and statistics. “They post assignments online and I take them through the work step by step through my employer’s website. Sometimes if that is not possible, I do the work, then I explain the steps I have gone through to arrive at the answer so that it is easier for them to understand,” he said.

Similarly, as a web designer, Hamisi gets clients’ assignments from his boss. He then reads the guidelines, and if there are any questions, he asks before he works. “I take time to understand what clients want before I start working. This has helped me to be efficient and avoid time-wasting,” he told Xinhua. While working on websites, he comes up with the first draft, sends to clients through his employer before he gets feedback. “It is a process that sometimes takes time because some clients do not respond immediately. It needs a lot of patience,” he said.

Most of the websites he designed, he says, have never been rejected by clients, adding he was paid between 82 and 141 US dollars for each assignment. “Initially, I used to be paid through a money transfer system but I found the charges expensive. So, I asked my employer to wire the money in my bank account. The system is convenient and I am able to keep track of the payments,” he said. In the years that he has worked through the internet, Hamisi said he has earned more than 5,000 dollars. “I look at the money and thank myself for turning online in search for jobs instead of using the conventional methods of applying to companies,” he said.

“They give me assignments, which I work on and send back. The articles vary from as little as 300 words to 1,500 words.

This earns me between five dollars and 20 dollars. There is no limit in the number of articles one can write,” said 25-year-old Zachary Kweyu, who writes online for a website in Kenya. Kweyu said work online is better than stay unemployed. To work online, they said one only needs a computer and access to the internet.

Another way of making money online that is becoming popular in Kenya is to partner with Google’s Adsense, which provides advertising business. In the partnership, individuals co-work with Google, where the multimillion advertising giant gives them adverts to put on their sites. The company then pays them according to the visiting amount of the websites. (Xinhua)

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Report: Kenyan men trafficked as sex slaves to Gulf states

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

A Kenyan gay magazine has exposed male sex trafficking between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Identity magazine says that gay and bisexual Kenyans are being lured from universities with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves.

The prestigious Kenyatta University is being particularly targeted, the magazine found. The men are often desperate as Kenya suffers from high unemployment.

Men are offered jobs as air stewards or in offices and help with visas and passports. Officials are bribed to facilitate travel. They spoke to one victim promised a job in Qatar but who ended up suffering humiliating and violent sadistic sexual abuse.

He managed to escape but told the magazine that he had traveled to the Gulf state with five others and they were then separated at the airport.

Qatar has no anti-trafficking legislation and is on a U.S. Department of State watch list for showing no evidence of overall progress in prosecuting and punishing trafficking offenders and identifying victims of trafficking.

Kenya does have anti-trafficking legislation, as of last year, but because homosexuality is illegal in both the Arab states as well as Kenya the men are unable to report abuse to police.

In July two men were reported to have been arrested for gay sex in Nairobi. In May the Kenya Human Rights Commission accused the police of sexually assaulting gay men in their custody.

Source: SDGLN

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Kenyan Slow Food Producers Denied Entry to Europe

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

Two Kenyan producers were stopped at dawn last Friday, December 16 at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport by customs police, detained in a centre for immigrants until the Sunday afternoon and then sent back to their country.

Ambrose Kakuko and Grace Kapserum from the Slow Food Pokot Ash Yogurt Presidium had landed in Paris in transit from Nairobi to Bilbao, Spain. They were in possession of passports, valid visas and documents that confirmed they were invited by the City of Bilbao and Slow Food International, and all of their travel and accommodation expenses were paid for.

Kakuko and Kapserum were to participate in the gastronomic festival Algusto, as part of the 4cities4dev project funded by the European Union. In the project, four European cities have partnered with Sub-Saharan African food communities in order to raise European citizens’ awareness on responsible consumption and the consequences of their food behavior.

“It is a shame that two people actively engaged in their country, who play a direct role in safeguarding biodiversity and local food traditions, were arbitrarily seized,” said Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food International. “Grace Kapserum had left her country for the first time in her life, and both were excited to take part in this event in the name of sharing experiences and culture. Instead, they found themselves abruptly facing rejection, intolerance and prejudice,” he continued.

“It is paradoxical that the European Union’s efforts and money towards the strengthening of international cooperation have been in vain due to the inflexible behavior of its civil servants whose zeal in applying the regulations risks seeming very much like racial discrimination”.

Source: Slowfoods.com

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Helping women to end sex-for-fish culture in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

KISUMU, 19 December 2011 (PlusNews) – For the past five years, Achieng*, a 35-year-old widow and mother of six, has sold fish on the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria; like many women in the fish trade, Achieng often has to have sex with fishermen in order to get the best catch of the day, a system known in the local Luo language as ‘jaboya’.

“When you are a woman and you want to get into the business of selling fish, you must be ready to lose your pride and use your body for bargaining,” she told IRIN/PlusNews. “Being ready to give sex as and when it is needed by the fishermen… it guarantees your survival here on the beach.”

‘Jaboya’ has long been associated with the high levels of HIV infection in Kenya’s western Nyanza Province, where HIV prevalence is over 14.9 percent, double the national average of 7.4 percent. It is even higher among fishing communities. The Kenya HIV Prevention Response and Modes of Transmission Analysis 2009 reported that HIV prevalence among fishing communities stands at 30 percent, while an estimated 25 percent of all new infections in Nyanza are attributed to this group.

An estimated 27,000 women are involved in the fish trade in Nyanza either directly or indirectly, according to the Ministry of Fisheries.

Achieng says she is aware of the risks, but the immediate needs of her family override any concern she may have about contracting HIV.

“You know you can get HIV… but then you remember you have a family that needs to be provided for, and you say, let me die providing for them,” she said.

According to Charles Okal, the provincial AIDS and sexually transmitted infections coordinator for Nyanza, while efforts to reach out to fishing communities with HIV prevention messages have begun to show results, the continued poverty of women means they remain vulnerable to ‘jaboya’.

“Fish trade that goes along with sex-for-fish continues to be one of the greatest challenges in the prevention of HIV in Nyanza… There are still challenges which involve the economic and social vulnerabilities of the women involved in the trade,” he said.

Economic empowerment

A recent donation of six boats to women’s groups in Nyanza by the US Peace Corps shows some of the ways ‘jaboya’ can be addressed; the women are able to fish for themselves, eliminating dependence on fishermen.

“When you have nothing, those who have something must tell you to bend over backwards for them. Now we have boats and we will no longer be at anybody’s mercy,” Millicent Onyango, one of the beneficiaries of the US Peace Corps’ “No Sex for Fish” project.

According to Okeyo Owuor, director of the Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development, which is part of the initiative, empowering women economically is key to ending the dangerous fish-for-sex trade. “These women need fish but they don’t own any boat. This means they have to play along with whoever has the boat and these are men who will demand for sex before giving any fish. But when you empower them to own the boat, then they have the ultimate power to say no to sexual demands,” he said.

“Six boats might look small but many such initiatives can make an impact in ending the sex-for-fish trade if replicated over time. It is important to start from somewhere,” he added.

Many of the women trading in fish across Lake Victoria’s landing sites have formed groups to help them save money to buy their own fishing equipment.

“We want to help ourselves by putting some of our savings aside so that when we have enough, we can buy our own boats and nets and help each other. So we will have nearly all women who are at the beaches own a boat either individually, or as a group,” said Lillian Rajula, the leader of one such group.

According to Nyanza AIDS coordinator Okal, economic programmes must go hand in hand with other HIV prevention methods like the promotion of voluntary medical male circumcision, condom use and behaviour change communication.

“Apart from the need to empower the women, behaviour change communication targeting men is important so that they look at the women as business partners and not sex partners; these kind of efforts are ongoing and are being embraced, albeit slowly,” he said.

*Not her real name
Source: http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94497

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“You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya”

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

The African life and death of an American priest: A recounting of how a Minnesota man died mysteriously in Kenya after challenging the government.

It’s daring, in some ways, that Christopher Goffard starts his book in Kenya. “You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya” tells the story of John Kaiser, a Minnesotan and former Marine who spent most of his life in rural Kenya as a priest. Most writers wouldn’t resist so many bridges of familiarity, but Goffard dares us to think differently.

“Shoulder-to-shoulder on the porches lounged gaunt, long-limbed Masai men, sinewy, sandaled, with shaven scalps, the ropy skin of their stretched and punctured earlobes bright with beads,” Goffard writes.

“An American, rich by definition, who insisted on a life of hard physical labor in the sun. … Only witch doctors live alone, people said.”

It’s funny, and savvy, to invert our expectations: The Masai may contort their ears to hold big beads, but this book takes place on their turf, where the single and celibate mzungu, or white man, is the strange one.

It’s precisely from his foreignness that Kaiser derives a — wholly secular — power. He fails in his attempts, over decades, to persuade the church to speak out against abuses in the regime of Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi — foiled in large part by divisions among African and foreign church leaders over the power and purpose of criticism raised by a mzungu.

Kaiser sees a chance to pursue justice himself when Moi sets up a (sham) commission to investigate mass evictions in rural Kenya.

Kaiser had watched the evictions happen; he collected testimonies and documents from the swindled peasants, which he presents to the commission. He builds a chain of culpability leading to Moi himself — a move so daring it’s stricken from the formal record of the commission and prohibited from inclusion in the local press.

Still, the testimony turns him into a hero, which further emboldens him, even as he fears for his life. “They’ll say it was suicide,” he tells a friend visiting shortly before his death. “Don’t believe it.”

Kaiser’s eventual shooting death in 2000, is investigated by a joint Kenya-FBI team, which rules it a suicide. But Charles Mbuthi Gathenji, a Kenyan human rights lawyer whose father was also killed by the regime, refuses to let the case drop. He persists, and seven years after Kaiser’s death, a Kenyan judge overturns the FBI findings, calling it murder.

Yet questions remain, including about Kaiser’s lifelong mental health.

In places, the book drags a bit — the lengthy historical background could be pared without risking the integrity of the story — but when Goffard’s working in pure story, he soars. The book is best when it hews to the mystery of John Kaiser and his death, itself a prism for the story of what really happened under the brutal dictatorship of Daniel arap Moi.

Source: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/135699243.html

 

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Kenya’s Samburu people ‘violently evicted’ after US charities buy land

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

Members of the Samburu people in Kenya have been abused, beaten and raped by police after the land they lived on for two decades was sold to two US-based wildlife charities, a rights group and community leader have alleged.

The dispute centres on Eland Downs in Laikipia, a lush area near Mount Kenya. At least three people are said to have died during the row, including a child who was eaten by a lion after the Samburu were violently evicted in November last year.

The London-based NGO Survival International said the Samburu were evicted following the purchase of the land by two American-based charities, the Nature Conservancy and the African Wildlife Foundation.

The groups subsequently gifted the land to Kenya for a national park, to be called Laikipia National Park.

Survival International said the land was officially owned by former president Daniel arap Moi, although AWF simply said it bought it from a private landowner.

With nowhere to go, around 2,000 Samburu families stayed on the edge of the disputed territory, living in makeshift squats, while 1,000 others were forced to relocate, Survival said.

Jo Woodman, a campaigner for Survival, said the pastoralist Samburu had reported constant harassment from police with women allegedly raped, animals seized and an elder shot as recently as last month.

“There has been an ongoing, constant level of fear, intimidation and violence towards the community, which has been devastating,” Woodman said.

A community leader, who did not wish to be named, described police harassment as enormous. He said police beat people, burned manyattas or traditional homesteads and carried out arbitrary arrests during the period leading up to and including the eviction last year. He said they also confiscated many animals and the intimidation has continued.

“The situation has been really bad for a long time,” he said. “[The Samburu] have nothing. Things like bedding and utensils were burned.”

Kenyan police were not available on Wednesday to comment on the allegations.

Survival has written to the UN appealing for urgent action to put an end to the violence and provide assistance to the Samburu, who have gone to court to establish their right to the land.

“In one incident, a Samburu elder was shot dead by paramilitaries,” the group said in its letter to the UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination, dated 7 December.

“The displaced community has nothing but their livestock, thousands of which were impounded – with no reason given – on 25 November 2011. This is an urgent and serious violation of the rights of this community, which has been left squatting beside its land with no amenities,” Survival’s letter said.

The two conservation groups gifted the 17,100 acres to Kenya’s government in November to create a national park to be run by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

However, since then a court has banned the KWS from proceeding with the conservation project until a ruling on the Samburus’ legal case.

Both US-based charities indicated they were watching the situation with concern but were unable to comment for legal reasons.

John Butler, director of marketing for the AWF, said: “The African Wildlife Foundation does not condone violence. AWF has a longstanding history of working closely with local communities to ensure that conservation solutions benefit both people and wildlife. Unfortunately, we cannot comment at length on this issue due to a pending court case in Kenya.”

Blythe Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Nature Conservancy, said: “The conflict over natural resources across Africa is a serious issue. Everywhere we work in Africa, we’re working with local communities to address natural resource issues. We’re closely monitoring this situation; unfortunately we can’t comment at length due to a pending court case in Kenya.”

Kenya has a history of land-grabbing by senior government officials, particularly during Daniel arap Moi’s time in power. Land disputes are common as legal documents of ownership are often missing or have been forged.

A request for comment from Kenya’s Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife went unanswered. However the minister, Dr Noah Wekesa, was quoted as telling parliament last month that KWS had ceased all activity on the land, which would not be gazetted as a national park until the other legal case was resolved.

The Samburu’s legal case was heard in the town of Nyeri on Wednesday and lawyer Korir Sing’Oei said the court confirmed that the KWS had secured registration of the land.

“The court has turned a blind eye to the pleas of the Samburu community and allowed these illegalities to subsist,” he said. “The transfer [of the land to the KWS] is totally unlawful and it’s in flagrant violation of the interests of the Samburu community.”

The court had agreed to give further direction on the matter in January.

Korir Sing’Oei said he intended to address the violations of rights in a separate case.

“Last year, when the community was forcefully evicted from the land … their homes were burnt down and livestock confiscated in their hundreds and lots of their women were violated,” he said.

“Given the powerful actors who have vested interests in the land, this issue has been really hushed up in the local media,” he added.

The lawyer said the evicted Samburu had no intention of leaving Laikipia, a popular destination for wildlife-loving tourists and the area where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in a rustic lodge.

“Where would they go to? They have absolutely nowhere else to go,” he said.

The community elder said running away was not an option.

“That’s the place you call your home … it’s where you were brought up and where your children call home. It’s an ancestral land.”

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/14/kenya-samburu-people-evicted-land?newsfeed=true

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Death Announcement-James Kariuki

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

The Late James Kariuki

The Late James Kariuki

It is with deep sympathy that we inform you that Grace Wanjiku Kariuki of Marietta, Georgia has lost her husband in Kenya.

Mr. James Kariuki passed early Sunday morning in Kenya following a short illness due to a mild stroke.

A memorial service will be held this Wednesday, December 21 from 6-9PM at KACC Sanctuary located at 771 Elberta Dr. Marietta, GA. 30066.

The Funeral service is scheduled for Friday in Kenya.Please uplift her in prayers and extend support to her to assist cover the hospital bills and funeral expenses.

A bank account has been established for those who would prefer to deposit their financial support

Account name: Grace Kariuki

Bank name: Bank of America

Routing #: 061000052

Account #: 003283796607

More info.

Grace Kariuki: 404-838-3711

Joseph Waweru: 678-437-5653

Catherine Njogu: 678-651-4282

Elizabeth Ndungu: 678-887-0749

Judy Ntore: 678-670-9794

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Pursuit of Greener Pastures in Saudi Arabia Spells Doom for Kenyan Immigrants

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

 By Joyce J. Wangui
Kenya

Women in Mombasa - the city with the highest level of migration to Saudi Arabia in Kenya. Photograph by Flickr user Lvovsky and used under a Creative Commons license.

Women in Mombasa - the city with the highest level of migration to Saudi Arabia in Kenya. Photograph by Flickr user Lvovsky and used under a Creative Commons license.

As the quest for working abroad heightens for many skilled and semi-skilled Kenyans, only a handful understand the implications of working in countries where labor laws are ignored. Media reports of brutality toward foreign laborers in Saudi Arabia have done little to deter determined Kenyans from seeking greener pastures. But has the search for a better life become modern-day slavery?

The 2010 International Organization for Migration report Harnessing the Development Potential of Kenyans living in the United Kingdomcites the lack of employment opportunities and unattractive wage levels in Kenya as among the factors that have led to high levels of migration abroad.

Approximately 3000 female Kenyan domestic workers are currently working in Saudi Arabia (although the number could be higher since some do not register with the Kenyan Embassy in Riyadh). Of these, 90 percent are from Mombasa, where a majority of residents share the same Islamic beliefs as Saudis, a factor that woos many into immigrating there.

Saudi Arabia has been in the spotlight for unlawful human trafficking and has been named a Tier 3 country by the U.S. Department of State in its 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report. A Tier 3 country’s government does not fully comply with the minimum standards required by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 and is not making significant efforts to do so.

When Salma Noor, 28, left Kenya for Saudi Arabia in 2008, she thought she was entering a safe haven. Her job-recruiting agent had promised her a lucrative job at a duty-free shop based at Riyadh International Airport.

“Upon reaching in Saudi, I was received by a middle-aged couple who told me that I would work in their house as a domestic worker.” Her employers confiscated her passport and took her mobile phone. She was made to work 18 hours a day, usually with no food, save for the little she managed to grab while cooking.

“I was not even allowed to sleep in the house. I slept in an uncomfortably tiny room, which was for their dog before it died. The man of the house often raped me and threatened to kill me if I ever told anyone. His wife beat me on a daily basis, as if the act was part of my job.”

Noor was once burned with a hot iron and later locked in a room devoid of oxygen for committing the crime of singing. “I had to battle for oxygen,” she says amid sobs.

Saudi Arabia’s sponsorship system, known as Kafala, ties employment visas to employers thus transforming voluntary servitude to slavery. A resident permit is arranged by recruiting agencies that match the worker to the household and charge both parties a recruitment fee. Workers become indebted to the agencies and often spend months repaying them.

A typical workday for domestic workers in Saudi Arabia is 15 hours. At US $7-14 per day, the average hourly wage amounts to less than one dollar per hour. In extreme cases, an employee’s salary is withheld for a long time with the assumption that the domestic worker does not need the money since she has all provisions at her host house.

Fatima Hassan, 30, is a victim of such wage slavery. She had not been paid for one-and-a-half years and recently returned to Kenya. Hassan says she was lucky to escape.

“Whenever I asked for my payment, my boss insisted that she keeps for me until it gets into a lump sum, but when I nagged for it, I was thoroughly beaten and threatened with death.” She adds that some Saudi families would rather kill you than pay your wages.

Hassan was assisted by the Kenyan embassy in Riyadh. “Embassy officials could not intervene for my salary, though they paid for my return flight to Kenya after keeping me for two weeks at the embassy premises.”

Like many others, Hassan was confined in her employer’s house for two years under a cruel system that is socially accepted and legally sanctioned in Saudi Arabia. “No off-days, no rest, no nothing. These people are animals, in fact worse than animals,” is all Hassan has to say.

In yet another harrowing incident, as reported by Human Rights Watch in 2010, Saudi authorities deported Fatima Athman, a domestic worker from Mombasa after she reported injuries “from her employer pushing her off a third-floor balcony in an attempt to kill her. She survived because she fell into a swimming pool.”

When contacted, the recruiting agency that had helped Athman secure her job denied the claims of torture, saying that most girls were being punished for disobedience. Suffering by Kenyans at the hands of both employers and employment agencies has spurred heated debates among human rights activists, the media, and civil societies. They blame the government for keeping a blind eye.

Hassan Noor, an ex-official of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission, bluntly accuses the Saudi government for perpetuating neo-slavery. In an interview, he echoes Hillary Clinton’s words that countries perpetuating modern-day slavery should be named and shamed. The U.S. Secretary of State has been at the forefront of spearheading the fight against modern-day slavery in the world.

Self-proclaimed human rights activist Hussein Khalid says, “We have a Kenyan Embassy in Riyadh which appears toothless. Even the Kenyan Ambassador in Saudi Arabia, where these atrocities are happening before his eyes, appears to be silent.” The Government, he feels, should be doing much more to protect its workers abroad.

According to Ken Vitisia, Director of the Middle East Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya and Saudi Arabia could sign a bilateral labor agreement soon. “Officials from both countries have held inter-ministerial meetings seeking to establish a legal framework that would protect Kenyans that travel to seek employment in any capacity.”

The agreement would ensure that the government keeps track of Kenyan employees in Saudi Arabia. Amongst the conditions in the agreement, Vitisia says, is a proposal for the contract drawn to be between the employers in Saudi Arabia and the Kenyan employee before travel. Most of the contracts currently being signed are between agents and the employee and later the agent draws another one between him and the employers.

A joint collaboration between the labor and foreign affairs ministries and the International Organization for Migration has also seen the establishment of a labor migration unit to protect the increasing number of Kenyans working abroad.

Labor official Beatrice Kituyi says the unit would act as a one-stop shop where information will be processed and enquiries on labor migration addressed. “We issued a directive to all international employers and employment agencies to register with us, detailing the nature of the jobs, skills required, and the wages being offered. They also have to be vetted.”

The unit has also spread information at home to bring about greater awareness of the risks and rights faced by Kenyan women who choose to migrate and to strengthen the services provided to them by its embassies.

The Human Rights Watch report As If I Am Not Human documents how domestic workers in Saudi Arabia suffer physical abuse, sexual abuse, and economic exploitation but face obstacles to redress. Saudi law specifically excludes domestic workers from protections of the labor law.

Some victims of abuse, due to procedural hurdles, choose to leave the country rather than confront their abusers in court. Subira Bakari unsuccessfully tried to file complaints with the police. She recently returned home with her son, who was also working in Saudi Arabia under deplorable conditions.

“When it dawned on me that taking my abuser to court was an exercise in futility, I feigned sickness and was consequently deported to Kenya.”

Bakari faked epilepsy, which prompted her employers to contact her agency back home to arrange for her repatriation. “This was no easy task as my agent ordered me to pay him Sh.150, 000 (US $1,661) in order to return home.”

Bakari adds that the Saudi Government opts to return victims of abuse to their home countries without adequately investigating and prosecuting the crimes committed against them.

Human Rights Watch research shows that migrant domestic workers are some of the least protected workers in the world. In Saudi Arabia, an estimated 1.5 million migrant domestic workers are excluded from labor law protections.

Female domestic workers bear a heavier brunt as they are often trafficked for sexual exploitations. If nothing is done now, poor immigrants will continue to suffer, and even face death, as they seek greener pastures abroad.

Source: http://thewip.net/contributors/2011/07/pursuit_of_greener_pastures_in.html

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Court declines to suspend Bashir warrant

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

Attorney General Githu Muigai. The Court of Appeal has refused to suspend an arrest warrant against Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir December 20, 2011. FILE

Attorney General Githu Muigai. The Court of Appeal has refused to suspend an arrest warrant against Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir December 20, 2011. FILE

The Court of Appeal has refused to suspend an arrest warrant against Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir.

The Court said Attorney General Githu Muigai’s appeal against a lower court ruling was “insufficient and unconvincing”.

It stated it could not reverse the ruling made by High Court judge Nicholas Ombija directing Prof Muigai and the Internal Security minister to arrest President Bashir “if he sets foot in Kenya”.

Justice Ombija issued the warrant of arrest against the Sudanese leader following an application by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) last month.

President Bashir responded by giving Kenya two weeks to have the ruling overturned or he would impose sanctions on Nairobi, which included expelling the country’s envoy to Khartoum.

The Sudan President is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Court+declines+to+suspend+Bashir+warrant+/-/1064/1292740/-/yjx6t3/-/index.html

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Convicted child rapist appeal 5 year jail term, gets life instead

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2011

A barber found guilty of rape suffered a double tragedy after his appeal against a 15-year jail term was set aside and sentenced to life by a Nairobi court. Raymond Waweru Mwangi was charged with defiling a five-year-old girl and  indecent assault. In the, Waweru claimed that the evidence used to convict him was not corroborated and the case was not investigated. He also claimed that his defencee was not considered during the hearing.

Waweru said the complainant was examined five days after the alleged incident. He added that he was taken to court after being in custody for five days instead of 24 hours. High Court’s Justice Mbogholi Msagha ruled that there is no reason why the child would implicate Waweru with such a serious offence. “In my assessment, the offence was proved beyond any reasonable doubt. The conviction was well founded,” he ruled.

Justice Mbogholi said, however, that the law is clear that section 8 (2) of the sexual offences act provides that a person who commits an offence of defilement with a child aged 11 years or less shall on conviction be sentenced to imprisonment for life. “It is mandatory that this is the sentence the trial magistrate should have imposed on convicting appellant,” said the judge.

Waweru had appealed against conviction and sentence. The trial magistrate had ruled that the law is trite and there is no need for corroboration in a matter of such nature. The trial magistrate found that the accused’s defence that he never left his place of work was exaggerated and made up.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/54715-convicted-child-rapists-jail-term-enhanced-to-life

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