Enslaved 24-year-old Kenyan Returns Home Today

This weekend #BringBackDianaChepkemoi was trending across all social networks in Kenya with Kenyans demanding the government to act on the plight of a Meru University student “detained” at the mercies of her employers in Saudia Arabia.

Kenyans were aggravated after seeing photos of the lively and healthy Diana vis-a-vis the “sickly fragile” image she now poses while in Saudi.

Amb. Macharia Kamau, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday took to his socials to update Kenyans on the matter. “This matter was taken up by our ambassador in Saudi Arabia and the lady is now in safe hands.” Amb. Kamau

Diana is expected to arrive in the country in the course of the day, today.

Aside from the positive news and a sigh of relief, there was an eyebrow raised during the development of the rescue. Journalist and Author Lizz Ntonjira-Mutuma took to her socials to address the subject on Sunday tweeting, “@AmbMKamau but for (how) long will our sisters continue being enslaved in the Middle East? Does it have to always get here for Govt to intervene? How many lives have been lost in the past? Still, do these rogue agencies that send these young girls out there exist? What is being done?”

The PS responded by saying, .@lizzientonjira Please. We have told Kenyans repeatedly to stop sending this category of workers to Saudi. You’ve chosen not to listen.Kenyans have been at the forefront of calling out the government to do more to protect its citizens in foreign lands. But even as they call out for change is that the response that will soothe us as Kenyans?


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