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OFW refugee camp set up next to PH embassy in Saudi


Filipino refugee camp next to the Philippine embassy in Jeddah.

JEDDAH–A British national living in this city “working for a large international company” sent INQUIRER.net U.S. Bureau photos of the Filipino refugee camp that “established itself next to the Philippine Embassy.”

“I would like to raise your attention to a humanitarian crisis that is now happening here in the Kingdom,” writes the British national. He counts around 1,500 Filipino men women and children the youngest of whom is three weeks old.

“These refugees, of which most have suffered abuse in one form or another–sexual, physical, non-release or non-payment of salary.”

Saudi authorities announced a crackdown on “irregular immigrants” in the recent weeks, but there are also reports that the Saudi king had asked them to postpone the drive.

Refugees include women and children (the youngest is three weeks old).

The British national further reports that “unfortunately, as these refugees are now classed as illegal,” there is no practical aid available to them and they are now in desperate need of food water and medicine.

“At ground level there are a few of us trying to help with basic needs, but as I’m sure you are aware even our actions are observed by the state!” he warns, “What is needed is international awareness and pressures on the Philippine government take action.”

This crisis will only get bigger, he writes, due to the fact that Saudi government has now declared that they wish to expel three million persons over the next few years.


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  • shane oy

    here are your heroes Ms. Baldoz dying again out of neglect. Di na bago ito sa mga embahada all they know is talk. di na nga tao tingin ng mga yan sa mga nakatira dyan eh.

  • band1do

    What the hell is wrong with the DFA???????????
    ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS OUR COUNTRY IS AFLOAT IS DUE TO THE REMITTANCES OF THE OFW…
    I hope Hernandez and all those at the DFA see this and respond accordingly. THIS IS DISGRACEFUL TO THE OFW, TO OUR PEOPLE AND TO OUR COUNTRY….

  • Hurtlocker1

    This article is quite misleading in one particular way.

    Upon reading the article title, I thought and disgusted for OFW refugee camp built besides the EMBASSY. That is in Riyadh.

    Alas!! Its in Jeddah! THUS, the said refugee camp is set up next to PH Consulate in Jeddah.

    I dont think so the DQ management in Riyadh will permit such refugee camp besides PH embassy.

    The writer, next time dude, make it better.

  • KonektadongPinoy

    Nakakalungkot makita na ganito ang nangyayari sa ating mga kababayan sa ibang bansa lalo pa na walang aksiyong ginagawa ang ating pamahalaan tungkol dito.

    Base sa aking personal na karanasan, nakita ko rin kung ano ang hirap na dinaranas ng ating mga kababayan sa Saudi Arabia dahil dati dn akong naging OFW duon. Walang ginagawa ang Phil Embassy tungkol dito. Sa maniwala kayo o hindi, para silang walang pakiaalam sa kinakaharap na buhay ng ating mga kawawang OFW. Ang mga opisyal at empleyado ng embahada sa Saudi ay literal na nakaupo lang sa kanilang posisyon upang magpayaman ng magpayaman. Mga walang kwentang opisyal na hindi mo alam kung bakit pa sila nakatalaga duon. Ito ay hindi paninira sa mga opisyal ng ating embahada duon, kundi ito ay tanging katotohanan na napatunayan at mapapatunayan ng mga kapwa ko OFW duon. Mas mabuti pa talaga na humingi ng tulong sa ibang nasyon, kesa sa asahan mo ang mga tutuong kababayan natin duon na nakaupo sa pwesto.

    Ngayon ay isa pa rin akong OFW, pero hindi na sa Saudi or sa Middle East dahil natuto na ako. bakit pa ako magpapakahirap at magtatrabaho sa isang bansang walang respeto sa karapatang pantao? at sa Embahada ng Pilipinas duon, mas mabuti pang alisin na lang yun, mas mabuti pang wala na lang para hindi nakakadismaya at hindi nakakasama ng loob. Isa lang itong patunay na sa loob man o labas ng Pilipinas, ang pagiging corrupt ng isang Filipino Official ay talamak.

    • Pinaslover

      Tama ka.

  • Pork_Republik

    Hmmm…so this article has nothing to do at all with the OFWs but simply to make a dent on someone else political popularity. Hoy, VP Binay ikaw na yun! Kaya ayusin mo na yan ticket mo papuntang Saudi, photo-ops time na para ma-maintain yun survey rating mo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bangsamoro13 You We

    Whoever Philippine president is there, people will surely comment bad things against him. Filipino people think they are the best, and their president is a trash. What did you do better to your own country? You don’t love it, you just make non-sense things against your own birthplace. Who will clean your backyard if you don’t. Silly pinoys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bangsamoro13 You We

    You Filipinos want your president to feed you, water you, give you a house and car, wash your powit when unclean. Tumahimik sana kayo at do whatever you can to support whoever is there whom pilipinos chose as your leader.

  • Jake Lopez

    As I have posted before, if we could only save then invest even 10% of the 18B dollars being remitted by OFWs, we could have produced a lot of local jobs. I am talking about manufacturing jobs or improving our agriculture..not building more malls, more fastfood outlets or more subdivisions.

  • Marco

    I am here in KSA and i’ve seen how the Philippine embassy treats the Filipinos here. Nakakahiyan mang sabihin pero ang mag nanunungkulan mula sa mataas hanggang sa rank and file na staff ay corrupt. Nakakahiya at ibang lahi pa ang may malaskit sa ating mga kababayan na dapat mga taga embahada ang dapat tumingin. Tinatawagan ng pansin ang mga matataas na pinuno sa ating bansa na imbestigahan ang mga corrupt na taga embahada. PERA ang gumagalaw dito …kung wala kang pera na pampadulas sa kanila hindi ka nila papansinin yan kaht mamatay ka. MAHIYA KAYO mga taga embahada.

    May isa pang staff dyn na walang ginawa kung hindi sa telepono ang inuuna. Payat sya at nakasalamin…kaht ang haba na ng pila wala sya pakialam….batsa sa telepono sya dun sya nagtatagal. MAHIYA KA PERA NG GOBYERNO ANG PINASASAHOD SA IYO AT SA INYONG LAHAT



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