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OFW refugee camp set up next to PH embassy in Saudi

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

Filipino refugee camp next to the Philippine embassy in Jeddah

“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.

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.

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

“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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Tags: Humanitarian crisis , Immigration , irregular immigrants in Saudi , migrant workers , Overseas Filipino workers , refugees

  • generalproblem

    asan na ba si binay. binay madami na ofw na refugee sa saudi tamang tama sa election ng anak mo. pang photo ops din yan puntahan nyo na at pauwiin

  • misuari playboy


  • Pinoy Bodoh

    where’s albert son of a maid / hooker. Im waiting with excitement for him to lay the blame for the predicament of these PH workers on Malaysia. LOL

  • NoWorryBHappy


    Ang ibig sabihin ay matagal nang naghihirap ang OFW na mga ito sa Saudi.
    Our unsung heroes kuno !
    Ngayon at kailangan ang tulong, TAHIMIK ang mga pulitiko.
    Mga HUDAS ! Walang alam kungdi MANGURAKOT !

  • Guest

    Sovereignty and Dignity of the Filipino People and Nation: Iyan ang ipaglalaban ni
    Jamby Madrigal.

  • Guest

    dahil may malasakit si Jamby Madrigal sa mga Pinoys abroad, she wants to seek and achieve the fair, equitable and nationalist equitable and nationalist treatment of overseas
    Filipino workers and migrants.

  • Guest

    Jamby Madrigal wants an equitable empowerment and socially just liberation from poverty of the Filipino especially of the poor and disempowered.

    • Guest

      Jamby commits herself to a genuine people’s nationalism: a Philippines principally for Filipinos and a Philippines controlled by Filipinos.

  • Guest

    Jamby will fight inadequate pay, discriminatory employment requirements, inhumane and abusive work conditions, and racist culture and anti-immigrant scapegoating.

  • Guest

    For your information, Jamby Madrigal is truly nationalist, pro-Filipino, and pro-people government.

  • $5699914

    Bago makaalis ng Saudi ang mga iyan, ang haba at marami pang proseso sa dokumentasyon ang kakailanganin ng embahada natin sa gobyerno ng Saudi. Kahit pa may pondo man, kung walang exit visa, wala rin, stuck sila diyan.
    Ang exit visa ay makukuha kung inaayos ng employer/sponsor. Papaano kung nagmamatigas? Hayun, hahaba ang proseso. Lalo na kung tumakbo yung OFW mula sa employer, tiyak na pahahabain ng employer ang proseso bago magkaroon ng exit visa.
    Kaya bago sana kayo mag akusa na walang ginagawa ang embahada, magsaliksik muna sana kayo ng proseso ukol sa entry/exit visa roon.

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