Who could have guessed that non-Muslim women traveling to Muslim countries for work would be victimized by people who believe that non-Muslims are the “worst of creatures” (Qur’an 98:6)?
Kathmandu (AsiaNews) – Hundreds of Nepalese women who emigrate to Arab countries in search of better jobs and wages, are unaccounted for. According to husbands and relatives they become victims of prostitution and slavery. The migrants who manage to return, show signs of physical exhaustion, injuries, psychological damage and are often infected with AIDS. To resolve this tragic situation, the Government of Nepal wants to block migration to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan where most cases are registered. In 2010, 242 women emigrated for work and were never heard of again.

Devi Lal Sunar, from the village of Sanoshree (Bardia district), has had no news of his wife Shanti in three years and is concerned about her safety. “Ten years ago – he says – a neighbour convinced my wife to leave for Kuwait, helping her to migrate across India.” Devi said that the last contact with his wife Shanti took place about three years ago. On the phone she said that the landlord did not allow her to leave, that he tortured and beat her when she tried to contact the house and did not give her a salary. “I called Kuwait several times – he says – a voice with an Indian accent always answers and refuses to let me speak to my wife.” The man claims to have done everything to bring his wife home, and in recent years has sold most of his property and now has no money to feed his two children.

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